Can you wipe over footwraps


The questioner says: What is the ruling on wiping over footwraps (also referred to as foot clothes, bandages, bindings, etc.)?


What is meant by footwraps (lafaa’if) is pieces of cloths that are wrapped around the feet to keep them warm; he wraps a piece of cloth around his feet upto the heels, such that it looks like he’s wearing khuffs or socks. This (i.e. footwraps) takes the same ruling as socks. If he wraps them around his feet and they keep the feet warm, they take the same ruling as socks; in that it’s permissible for him to wipe over them; and this was the stance chosen by Sheikhul Islam, may Allah have mercy on him; because at the end of the day, both serve the same purpose; whether a person wraps a cloth over his feet, or wears manufactured socks, the purpose is the same; to keep the feet warm.

Answered by:
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Hizaam – may Allaah preserve him


Translated by:
Abu Ishaq Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ba Alawi