How Should the Wiping of Footgear Be Done?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum

I read that to perform the wiping of khuff “It is Fard (Compulsory) to make masah on each sock to the extent of the full surface area of three fingers.”

What does this mean? Does that mean that the whole surface of 3 fingers has to touch the top of my foot?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

The sunna is to wipe your footgear (khuff) from the toes until the shin area with a dripping wet hand. If you do this, you have nothing to worry about. There is no need to “press down” with your other hand as this is mere misgivings.

Please see: Is It Permitted to Wipe Over Thick Socks? and: The Ruling Of Wiping Over Footgear (Khuffs)

And Allah Most High alone knows best.

[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.