Commentary on the Hadith concerning wiping over socks at the place of residence

Praise be to Allah,


Hudhaifah ibn al-Yamaan (R.A) reported:


“I was with the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) during a journey. He (the Prophet PBUH) urinated, performed ablution, and wiped over his socks.”


The wording of the complete hadeeth is:


“I was narrated that Hudhaifah (R.A) said: I was with the Prophet (PBUH) and we came to a garbage dump of some people. He urinated standing, and I started to go away. He said, “Come closer (to shield).” So I came closer until I was standing (behind him) at his heels, then he performed Wudoo’ and wiped over his Khuff.” [I]




This hadeeth has come in some of the manuscripts of al-Umdaah’. “He said: “I was with the Prophet(PBUH) on a journey.” However, this is a mistake. His statement on a journey is not authentic. Rather what is authentic is that was in al-Madeenah.


Important Points Derived from The Hadeeth:


  1. The legislation of wiping over socks during a journey.


  1. The permissibility of wiping over socks when performing ablution, after one has urinated. Many ahadith confirm the permissibility of wiping over the socks, as well as the turban, from every minor nullification of ablution.


(a) As for the major state of impurity, which requires Ghusl, such as al-Janaabah, wiping over the socks or turban is not sufficient in such cases. Purification in such cases necessitates Ghusl.


(b) As for one who has a splint or cast (due to a broken limb) or a bandaged wound, such is allowed to wipe over it in cases of minor as well as major states of impurity.


(c) In case the wiping would cause harm (to the broken limb or wound) or there is reasonable reason to fear such, then one need not wipe, but instead, he or she may perform Tayammum over the affected limb, while washing the rest of the limbs that are normal.


  1. The permissibility of saying about a great man, he urinated.


  1. Wiping over the Khuffs is permissible at the place of residence.


Allah Knows Best.


Copied from Sources:

Arousing the Intellects with the Explanation of Umdatul Ahkaam. The Book Of At-Taharaah by Allama Sheikh Salih Ibn Uthaymeen (May Allah have mercy on him). page  66

Tayseer al-Allaam Sharh Umdatul-Ahkaam by Shaykh Abdullah ibn Abdur – Rahmaan Aal Bassaam. Page 49


[i] Saheeh Muslim [Volume 1, Book 2, Hadeeth Number 624, p. 393]

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