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Part II: Masah over socks

Q.        Is it necessary to wash the feet every time when you do wuduu’ ?
A.        No. It is not necessary all the time. When you are wearing thick socks you can do masah over them.

Q.        How to do this masah ?
A.        Wet your fingers with water and then, putting three fingers on the toes, pull your hands upwards. Apply the fingers fully and not only the tips. Masah is done on the upper portion of the socks. Masah done on the soles or one the toes only is not complete.

Q.        On what types of socks can you do masah?
A.        There are three kinds of socks over which masah can be done:

            1. Leather socks that cover the feet up to the ankles;

            2 and 3. Those cotton and woolen socks which alone, without any other cover over them, are thick enough to carry a man for three or four miles without giving way or becoming torn.[1]

Q.        When is masah admissible on these socks?
A.        When worn after wuduu’ or after washing the feet only and the socks were worn continuously, even after the wuduu’ breaks.

Q.        For how many days is masah allowed on socks once they are put on?
A.        Masah on socks is allowed for a day and a night- 24 hour- if one is at home, and three days and nights when travelling.

Q.        Is masah on socks allowed in wuduu’ and ghusul both?
A.        No. The masah of socks is allowed only for wuduu’ and not for ghusul.

Q.        Is masah allowed on torn socks?
A.        Masah will not be allowed if the sock is so much torn that it has an opening the size of the three little toes together, or , when walking, it opens to that extent. It is allowed if the sock is torn less than that.


Masah on Jabeerah

Q.        What is jabeerah?
A.            Jabeerah is the piece of wood (splint) which is used to set right fractured bones. But here jabeerah does not mean only a splint but also any bandage or plaster over any part of the body.

Q.        What are the orders for masah on the bandage, splint or other sort of coverings on wounds?
A.        Masah is allowed over the bandage or covering if the removal of the piece of wood, bandage or the covering is harmful and causes much pain.

Q.        On how much of the bandage should masah be done?
A.        On the whole of the bandage.

Q.        What is the order if the removal of the bandage does no harm nor causes any pain?
A.        If washing the wound does not do any harm, nor is it painful, then it is necessary to wash it. If there is harm in washing but no harm in doing masah then to do masah on the wound is waajib (obligatory). If masah on the wound may also be harmful, it is allowed to do masah on the bandage or the covering of the wound.



[1] Another criterion is that the socks must be so thick that if you drip some drops of water on them, the water does not seep inside of the socks.



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