All You Need to Know About Masah Over Socks During Wudu

masah on socks - wiping over khuffain - socks for ablution

Islam is not only the religion of peace but also the religion of ease. Shari'ah has provided Muslims with alternatives to the obligations during difficulties like when they are sustaining an injury, in a hurry or running short on time for Salah. During travel, at work, or in your favorite sports arena, we are all usually required to wear socks as a part of the attire. Furthermore, with the changing work environment and multicultural interactions in different settings, placing the feet in the basin for ablution (wudu) can be tough and putting those wet feet back into shoes or socks can be uncomfortable. This is where the concept of khuff (socks for ablution) comes in.

Traditionally, the Prophet SAW and his sahaba (RAA) used leather socks to fulfill the needs of masah (wiping over feet). However, with closed shoes and the loss of functionality during the warm seasons, we decided to redesign the traditional khuff by remaining Shari'ah-complitant but changing the materials, and that is what we did, alhamdulillah.

The Wudhu Socks are 100% Shari'ah-compliant, waterproof, and breathable non-leather socks for ablution (wudhu).

So, what is Masah?

Masah is the act of wiping the feet with wet hands to cleanse them instead of pouring water all over them.

Today we are going to provide the correct definition, the proper Islamic way of performing Masah over The Wudu Socks, the acts which make it invalid, and the Shari'ah-compliance of the socks.

Steps:

Follow the following steps and save yourself from the hassle of removing prayer socks while performing ablution.

  1. Make ablution once without The Wudhu Socks. After the ablution, you can put on the socks and follow the next steps for the next time you need to make wudu. 
  2. Wet your hands with water.
  3. Starting from the upper surface of the toes to the ankles, move the hand along the khuff (socks for ablution)
  4. Use the right hand once for the right socks and left hand once for the left socks. 

Acts that nullify Masah:

Under the following circumstances, the Masah becomes invalidated.

  1. All the acts that nullify wudhu.
  2. Removing both or even one of the socks.
  3. Water entering the khuff and wetting more than half the feet.
  4. Condition of ghusl.
  5. Expiry of the valid period for wearing the khuff (Traveller: 72 hours, Resident: 24 hours). 

Khuffayn Qualifications:

Socks are considered as Khuffayn if they are:
  1. Prevent water from passing through them with ease. The Wudhu Socks are 100% waterproof and fulfill this condition.
  2. Durable enough to be worn for about three-miles without shoes without tearing. The outer layer of The Wudhu Socks are made of a fine blend of spandex and nylon to make them extra durable. We walked in the socks for three-miles to fulfill this condition, and they were as good as new, alhamdulillah.
  3. Stay above the ankles without being tied.

Note: It is not permissible to make masah (wipe on socks) on a khuff that is torn to the extent that an area equal to the size of three small toes is exposed.

We hope that today's article has helped clarify the concept of masah and the khuff (leather socks). Did you find this useful? We would love to hear your valuable thoughts in the comments below.

Jazakallahu khairan!
May Allah keep you all safe, Good day or night wherever you are!

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