Wiping over Durable Wudhu Socks

25th April 2018             

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Question: Certain socks have been manufactured which are claimed to be durable and fully waterproof. This is due to the fact that it has multiple layers of skins. Is it permissible to make Masah over such socks during Wudhu?

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In the name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


The classical fuqahā (jurists) have outlined the following basic criteria for the permissibility of wiping wet hands over non-leather socks;

  1. Should cover the ankles
  2. Remain firm onto the foreleg without the need of tying it
  3. Durable enough to walk in them between 1-3 miles
  4. Water is not penetrable into the socks
  5. Not torn to the extent of three small toes
  6. To be worn after completing the wudhu or at least washing the feet

From personal experience and discussion with other senior scholars, the durable wudhu socks you are referring to fulfil the above criteria thus, Masah over them is permissible.

[Allãh Knows Best]

Written by (Mufti) Abdul Waheed

Answer Attested by Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islam

JKN Fatawa Department