Praise be to Allaah.
permissible to wipe over the khuffayn (leather slippers) or socks for a
reason or otherwise. The one who is not travelling may wipe over his socks
for one day and one night, and the traveller may do so for three days and
If a person
needs to wear socks and has someone who can put them on for him, even if
that is in return for payment, then he must wipe over them and it is not
permissible for him to move to the option of tayammum or to regard the socks
as being like a plaster cast; rather they are socks that he puts on after
purifying himself completely.
permissible for someone else to wipe over the socks for him, as it is also
permissible for someone else to help him to do wudoo’.
‘Aabideen (may Allah have mercy on him) said in his commentary on al-Bahr
ar-Raa’iq (1/182): If he tells someone to wipe over his khuffayn and he
does so, that is valid as it says in al-Khulaasah.
It is not
stipulated that the wiping be done directly with the hand; if he wiped with
a piece of cloth or a sponge dampened with water and attached to a stick (a
long-handled sponge, as you mention), that is permissible.
(may Allah have mercy on him) said in al-Majmoo‘ (1/549): Our
companions said: It is acceptable to wipe (over the khuffayn) with the hand,
a finger, a stick, a cloth or something else.
This is also
the view of the Hanbalis. See al-Insaaf, 1/160, 185.
And if he
walks on a wet piece of cloth or through wet grass, that is acceptable.
It says in
al-Bahr ar-Raa’iq (1/182): If the place that is to be wiped got wet
by water or rain the width of three fingers, that is permissible. The same
applies if he walks through grass that has been made wet by rain. End
Asna al-Mataalib, 1/97
As you can
see, the matter is quite simple, praise be to Allah.
disabled person does not have anyone who can wipe his socks for him or he is
not able to wipe them himself with a cloth and the like, he should wash the
parts of his body that are to be washed in wudoo’, and do tayammum for
whatever he is unable to wash. See the answer to question no.
If it is too
difficult to take the socks off and put them back on again, then the ruling
on a plaster cast applies and there is no time limit. So he may use them so
long as they are on him, and wipe over the entire thing, top and bottom (of
the feet)and to the ankles. It is not stipulated that he put them on when in
a state of purity. He may wipe them himself, using his hand or something
else, or someone else can wipe them for him. If he cannot find someone to
wipe them for him, even in return for payment, then he may wash the parts of
the body that are to be washed in wudoo’ and do tayammum for his feet, as
We ask Allah
to grant well-being to all the sick Muslims.
And Allah knows best.