In this lesson, Abu Humayd discusses the permissibility of wiping over the khuffs (socks). One of the reasons wiping over the khuffs is allowed when performing ablution is due to the difficulty in constantly removing the socks.


There are many narrations supporting the authenticity of wiping over the khuffs.

Al-Hasan said:    “I was told by seventy companions of Allaah’s Messenger (Salallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) that he used to wipe over his khuffs.” (Ibnul-Mundhir’s Al-Awsat [1/430, 433])

It was narrated by Imaam Ahmad: “There is not a shadow of doubt in my mind concerning the legality of wiping over the khuffs, as there are forty hadiths of the Prophet (Salallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) indicating its permissibility”. (Al-I’lam Befawa’id Umdat Al-Ahkam [1/165])


It is permissible for a resident to keep wearing khuffs and wipe over them during ablution for a period of one day and night. As for a traveller, the period of permissibility is three days and nights as is specified from a hadeeth in Saheeh Muslim where the Prophet (Salallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) specified three days for a traveller and one day and night for a resident. (Muslim (637)[2/167]).

Conditions for wiping over the khuffs:

  • To be in a state of ritual purity upon wearing the khuffs.

The Prophet (Salallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said to someone that wanted to help him in taking his khuffs off to perform ablution:


“Leave them as I had put them after performing ablution.” (Al-Bukhari (206)[1/404])


  • The khuffs must be legally acquired, and not stolen or taken by force. A permissibility (i.e wiping over the khuffs) is not applied to what is already impermissible.
  • The khuffs must be thick and covering the feet up to the ankles. However, Scholars such as Shaykh Uthaymeen have mentioned in order to make this a condition, there needs to be supporting evidence, and there is no such evidence so this cannot be considered a condition.


The different opinions regarding when the 24-hour time-period for wiping over the khuffs begins:

  • As soon as the state of ritual purity is broken
  • As soon as the khuffs are worn
  • As soon as the khuffs are wiped

Ustaadh Abu Humayd discusses some of the Scholars that support each opinion, as well as mentioning what seems to be the strong opinion.

Abu Humayd then goes on to the topic of whether taking the khuffs off after wiping over them breaks the wudhoo or not, and discusses different scenarios such as wearing multiple pairs of socks and which ones to wipe over when performing ablution. Please listen to the full talk for further benefits.