What Types of Socks Fulfill the Conditions of Wiping?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch


What types of socks fulfill the conditions of wiping?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

Any sock that fulfills the conditions mentioned below is valid to be used.

  1. The sock must be thick enough that it would not tear if one walked 3.5 miles in them.
  2. The sock must cover the ankle.
  3. The sock must be thick enough that water does not immediately penetrate to the foot when wiped on with dripping-wet hands.
  4. The sock must be free from holes that exceed the size of the three smallest toes.

[See: Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar; al-Halabi, Ghunyat al-Mutamalli]

See the following link also: Is It Permitted to Wipe Over Thick Socks?

Hope this helps
Allahu A’alam

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.