Wiping socks for one with chronic annulment of wudu

Answered by Shaykh Akram Abd al-Wahhab al-Mawsuli

If one has constant wind release due to an illness of the stomach and he made wudu and then placed leather socks on his feet, but even before he completed his wudu, small amounts of wind escaped, would he be able to wipe over them as a normal person?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

If one with chronic annulment of ablution has performed the ablution [s. with the appropriate intention; see Reliance of the Traveller, e5.3], and before completing his wudu or before placing the leather socks on his feet, his reason for chronic annulment occurs, such as the constant release of wind, it is still valid for him to finish his wudu and put on the leather socks and to wipe over them for his next ablution.

However, if before putting on both socks, an action occurs that is not his reason for chronic annulment, such as touching someone of the opposite sex, he may not wipe over the socks. Rather, he must perform ablution again and then put on the socks.

And Allah knows best.

Akram Abd al-Wahhab al-Mawsuli
Amman, Jordan


Shaykh Akram Abd al-Wahhab is a Shafi`i faqih and scholar of the sciences of the Shariah, including language, logic, theology, usul, tafsir, and spirituality. He has some of the highest chains of authorization in the world, including only two people between him and the great 19th Century Iraqi Qur’anic exegete, Imam Alusi.