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Is one allowed to do ablution without having any clothes on one`s body? It is a widely prevalent practice in the Middle East Gulf countries that if a complete ablution is done once before wearing socks.

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Kindly advise me on the following two issues:
1- Is one allowed to do ablution without having any clothes on one`s body? This situation arises when one is planning to take bath or Ghusl. Is the ablution done this way valid & can one pray Salah or read Quran Majeed after this ablution? I had asked this question earlier also but did not get the response from you. Kindly advice.

2- It is a widely prevalent practice in the Middle East Gulf countries that if a complete ablution is done once before wearing socks (including washing of one`s feet) & if required to do another ablution for attending to Salah, one is NOT required to wash the feet with water & only doing Masa`h on the socks (going over the socks with wet hands) is enough to complete the ablution & then one is allowed to pray the Salah. Pls. advice if this is an acceptable practice in Islam.


Kindly advice me as soon as possible on the above two issues in the light of Quran & Sunnah of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).

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Wudu socks nude naked

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Your Question: Is one allowed to do ablution without having any clothes on one`s body? This situation arises when one is planning to take bath or Ghusl. Is the ablution done this way valid & can one pray Salah or read Quran Majeed after this ablution?

Abu Hurairah reported the Prophet as saying, "Whoever touches his sexual organ without any covering (between them) must perform ablution."

Related by Ahmad, Ibn Hibban and al-Hakim.

 

It is absolutely permissible in Shariah for a believer to perform the ghusl or the wudu in ones privy without wearing any clothes (in the state of nakedness); but one should not touch their private organs with their bare hands after they have completed the ghusl or the wudu; for the touching of ones private organs indeed invalidates and breaks ones wudu.

 

Thus if one performs the ghusl and wipes oneself dry with a towel, making sure that ones bare hands did not touch ones private parts, their ghusl and wudu would be absolutely valid and one can very well make themselves available for prayer. Similarly, there is absolutely no harm if one happens to perform the wudu in the state of nakedness, and provided they did not touch their private parts with their bare hands after their wudu, their wudu will be considered absolutely valid and they can make themselves available for prayer, if they wish to do so.

 

Your Question: It is a widely prevalent practice in the Middle East Gulf countries that if a complete ablution is done once before wearing socks (including washing of one`s feet) & if required to do another ablution for attending to Salah, one is NOT required to wash the feet with water & only doing Masa`h on the socks (going over the socks with wet hands) is enough to complete the ablution & then one is allowed to pray the Salah. Pls. advice if this is an acceptable practice in Islam.
If one has put the socks on when he was in the state of wudu, and then has to refresh his wudu later, he need not take off his socks and wash his feet. The wiping of wet hands over the socks would suffice for his wudu, as was the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws).

 

If has been reported in an authentic narration from Said al-Mughirah ibn Shu'bah, who said, "I was with the Messenger of Allah (saws), one night during an expedition. I poured water for him (saws) to make ablution. He (saws) washed his face and arms and wiped his head. Then I went to remove his socks and he (saws) said, 'Leave them on, as I put them on while I was in a state of purity,' and he (saws) just wiped over them."

 

Al-Humaidi related in his Musnad that al-Mughirah reported, "We said, 'O Messenger of Allah (saws), may we wipe over our socks?' He (saws) said, 'Yes, if you put them on while you were in a state of purity."

 

It has been reported by Hammam an Nakha'i who said, "Jarir ibn Abdullah urinated, performed ablution and wiped over his socks." It was said to him, "You do that and you have urinated?" He said, "Yes, I saw the Messenger of Allah (saws) urinate, and then do (wudu) likewise."

 

In light of the above and several other authentic narrations, it is permissible for one to wipe his wet hands over his socks when refreshing his ablution, as long as the condition is met that when he did put on the socks he was in a state of wudu.

 

The absolute majority of the scholars in Islam are of the opinion that one may refresh their wudu by wiping over their socks, regardless of the material used to construct the socks. And Allah Alone Knows Best.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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