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Is wudu broken by taking off one's socks?

Question

If a person does wudu and wipes over his socks, then during the period in which wiping over the socks is allowed he takes off his socks before he prays, should he pray and is his prayer valid, or is his wudu broken by taking off his socks?

Answer

Praise be to Allah.

and blessings and peace be upon the Messenger of Allah.

If he takes off his leather slippers (khufoof) or socks after wiping over them that does not invalidate his wudu, according to the correct scholarly view, because when a person wipes over his socks, he has completed his wudu according to what is implied by the shar’i evidence. So if he takes them off, this wudu is still valid according to the shar’i evidence and cannot be broken except by something for which there is shar’i evidence. There is no evidence to indicate that taking off leather slippers or socks that have been wiped invalidates wudu. On this basis, then, his wudu remains valid. This was the view favoured by Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah and a group of the scholars. But if he puts his socks back on after that and breaks his wudu, then he wants to wipe over them again, that is not allowed, because he has to put the socks on after doing wudu in which he washed his feet, according to what was stated by the scholars.

And Allah knows best.

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Source: See Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Rasaa’il al-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen , 11/179; Majmoo’ al-Fataawa li Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah , 21/179, 215)