Masah on socks

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Q: Can you please let me know can I wipe (masah) over normal socks? Not leather one’s because im in Kuwait here most of the people do this. If it’s not permissible, can I perform namaz behind them or should I perform individually? Please give me a clear answer.



1. According to the four imaams of fiqh, masah on cotton socks is not valid. If the masah is not valid then the wudhu is incomplete and if the wudhu is incomplete then the salaah will not be valid.

2. If you had seen the Imaam making masah on his cotton socks during wudhu, then you should not follow him in Salaah.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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