Ruling on wiping over Na’layn [footwear that come under the ankles (trainers, sandals, slippers, etc)]


What is the ruling on wiping over the [Na’layn]?


[Na’layn] refers to (footwear) that comes under the two ankles (i.e. sandals, slippers, etc). Majority of the scholars are of the view that it is not allowed to wipe over them because no authentic narration has been affirmed in regards to it from the Prophet (ﷺ).

As for the narration of Al-Mugheerah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported by At-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawood, that the Prophet (ﷺ) wiped over the Khuff and the Na’layn, this is a weak narration. Thus, the Na’layn are not to be wiped over due to there being no authentic narration in regards to that.

As for the narration of Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) reported by al-Bazzar that he wiped over the sandals, then it is a narration with a hidden defect. Also, that which is correct in regards to the wording of the narration is that he used to wash his feet in his sandals as Imam al-Bukhari (may Allah have mercy upon him) indicated.

As for if the sandals have straps, then it is more befitting that they are not wiped, for they do not cover the foot at all. The ones which have some laces, then they do not cover the foot.

As for if it covers the top of the foot and it is lower than the ankles, then this is problematic because it resembles the leather socks.

But with that being said, it is safer not to wipe over it since there has not come any affirmed texts in regards to it.

And the [Khuff] refers to that which is above the two ankles. The evidence for this is the narration in regards to the one in the state of Ihraam. The Prophet (ﷺ), after prohibiting him from wearing the Khuff, said: “One should not wear the Khuff except if one has no sandals in which case he should cut short the Khuff, so it is below the ankles.”

Thus, the Scholars used this as evidence that what is under the ankles is not wiped over, and it is possible that he wipes over the socks under the sandals, or he washes his feet in the sandals as Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) did. The narrations reported in regards to wiping over the sandals have all been declared to have hidden defects. As well as the narration of Ali Ibn Abi Taalib (may Allah be pleased with him) reported by at-Tahaawi. It has been declared to have a hidden defect as well.

The Questioner:

Some socks don’t keep the foot warm if the weather gets extremely cold, but if there is a little cold it keeps them warm. Is it allowed to wipe over them?


Yes, he wipes over them as long as they are suitable for keeping the feet warm.

The Questioner:

The one who wipes over his khuff, does he do so using new water or is the water remaining from his hand sufficient to use?


What is better is that it be done with new water for perhaps the water has disappeared when he wiped his head. If some water remains on his hand and he wipes with it, then it counts. If water remains and it goes from his hand to the sock then it is sufficient, but if it does not then it does not count.

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


Translated by:
Majid Jawed Al Afghanee