Feet in Ablution (Wudu); An Important Explanation

Shariah Reference: Feet in ablution (wudu) ~ Hi all readers! In the previous article I explained about the possibility of rubbing shoes instead of washing both feet in ablution (wudu). In this article I will explain about the part of the shoe that must be rubbed when someone is doing ablution (wudu). We must know about this so we can do it right.

As always, before I answer the question above and speak more about feet in ablution (wudu), I will present the two hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad below;

عَنْ عَلِيٍّ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : لَوْ كَانَ الدِّيْنُ بِالرَّأْيِ لَكَانَ أَسْفَلُ الْخُفِّ أَوْلَى بِالْمَسْحِ مِنْ أَعْلَاهُ وَقَدْ كُنْتُ رَأَيْتُ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَمْسَحُ عَلَى خُفَّيْهِ . أَخْرَجَهُ أَبُوْ دَاوُدَ

From Ali radliyallahu anhu, he said,” If religion is understood with reason, then the bottom of the foot cover should be wiped more than the top. Indeed, I have seen the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam wash over the two covers of his feet.” The hadith is narrated by Abu Daud.


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عَنْ أَنَسٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ : إِذَا تَوَضَّأَ أَحَدُكُمْ فَلَبِسَ خُفَّيْهِ فَلْيَمْسَحْ عَلَيْهِمَا وَلَا يَخْلَعْهُمَا إِنْ شَاءَ إِلَّا مِنْ جَنَابَةٍ . أَخْرَجَهُ الدَّارُقُطْنِيُّ وَالْحَاكِمُ

From Anas bin Malik radliyallahu anhu, “If one of you wants to ablution then wears both legs, then let him wipe the upper part of both and do not remove both, if he wants, except from janabah.” The hadith is narrated by ad-Daruquthni and al-Hakim.

All readers! In Islamic teachings there are some things that really cannot be understood using reason. In the context of the hadith above, Ali bin Abi Talib accepted the Islamic decision about the part of the shoe that must be rubbed in exchange for the obligation to wash both feet in ablution. He thought, if religious teachings were understood by using reason, then the bottom of the shoe would be more appropriate to be bribed from the bottom, because of course the bottom is dirtier. Another example is farting. In Islamic teachings, farting is one of the factors that can damage ablution (wudu). But why isn’t there a religious proposition that advocates, or even requires washing or rubbing the buttocks?! That is the fact in Islamic teachings.

If we look at the two hadiths above, at least we will understand a number of things as follows;

One; That the shoe part that must be wiped is the top part. As for rubbing the bottom, it is only recommended.

Two; We must not use analogy and reason to understand the problems of religion whose laws are certain.

Three; We are not recommended to wash both shoes because we are enough to rub the upper part in exchange for the obligation to wash both feet in ablution.

Four; We can pray with using shoes. We can also pray using socks and kiosks. All that with the conditions, shoes, socks, and sandals that we use as footwear is sacred.

Five; It is required that a person is in holy condition before wearing shoes that he will use as footwear for prayer.

Now, do you understand? The problem is simple. So, I hope you understand.

I think that is enough for this article about feet in ablution (wudu). May be useful! Amen!

See you again in the next article!


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