Fiqh-us-Sunnah - 1.45

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Conditions for wiping over the socks

One must have put his socks (or whatever covering he is using) while in a state of purity.

Said al-Mughirah ibn Shu'bah, "I was with the Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, one night during an expedition. I poured water for him to make ablution. He washed his face and arms and wiped his head. Then I went to remove his socks and he said, 'Leave them on, as I put them on while I was in a state of purity,' and he just wiped over them." (Related by Ahmad, al-Bukhari and Muslim).

Al-Humaidi related in his Musnad that al-Mughirah reported, "We said, 'O Messenger of Allah, may we wipe over our socks?' He said, 'Yes, if you put them on while you were in a state of purity." The stipulations by the jurists that the socks must completely cover the foot to the ankle, and that one must be able to walk (a distance) in them alone, has been shown by Ibn Taimiyyah in his al-Fatawa to be weak.

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image   Farhat Ali Baig    
  10 years 3 weeks ago
This hadith is simply mentioning that Islam wants ease and comfort for the muslims.Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) was not so strict.He was innovator in his action to help out those for example who are unable to wash their feet due to any reason like danger of infection , any other deseae, hurriedness or else.Personally my feet are partially paralysed.I used to stuff my feet in my shoes with difficulty with socks over them.Now if I wash my feet in ablution every time, then due to socks which I wear from morning to the evening , an infection develops in my thumb nails.So those who prefer to remain ever in ablution this hadith is really an ease and comfort .
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The hadith is helpful.
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