Know Five Things About Wiping Over the Khuffs and Socks

In the name of Allah,


Wiping over Khuffs is an established sunnah. This can be proven by the following hadith.


‘Mughira b. Shu’ba reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) went out for relieving himself. When he came back, I brought him a jar (of water) and poured water upon his hands and He washed his face. He tried to wash his forearms, but the (sleeves of the) gown were tight. He, therefore, brought them out from under the gown. He then washed them, wiped his head, and wiped his socks, and then prayed’. [Sahih Muslim 274e]


A person can wipe over their khuffs (leather socks) or related footwear for:


  1. One day and one night if a resident, and three days and three nights if a traveler.


  1. On the condition that he wears them when in a state of ritual purity ((wudu or ghusl).


  1. If the khuff has holes and contains spots that disclose the skin, the believer can nevertheless wipe over them, according to the more correct opinion. This is because, even after being ripped, it is still regarded as khuffs and is therefore covered by the generality of the term employed in the original text. The khuffs of the Prophet’s Companions undoubtedly included patches and torn areas.


  1. The period of wiping starts with the first wiping after breaking wudhu, not with the necessity to purify according to the most correct opinion of the scholars.


  1. Removing the khuffs that one wiped does not invalidate the purification. This purification also lasts as long as it is still intact after the duration period finishes.


See Path of the Wayfarer, Sheikh Nasir As Sa’di, page 13

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