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Wash or wipe feet in wudu.

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The scholars of Islam have differed on the type of purification of the feet [required] for the parts of the wudu. As per the HOLY QURAN[The proof] is the saying of the Most High: "And wipe your heads and your feet up to the anklebones."(5:6)  "Thus it is obligatory to wipe, is based on the [Qur'anic] statement `and your feet' (verse 5:6). 


Then how does Sunni sect of Muslim wash there feet during the Wuzu? If washing of feet is correct then on which verse of the Holy Quran it is based or on which Hadees? 


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Wash or wipe feet in wudu

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Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 6:

O you who have believed, when you rise to offer the salaah you must wash your faces; and your and hands (and arms) upto the elbows; and wipe your heads; and (wash) your feet upto the ankles.


Anyone who knows basic Arabic grammar will confirm that in the above quoted Aayah of Surah Maidah which describes the procedure for ablution, when the initial Command to wash the face and the hands is given, and then a command is given to wipe ones heads, the last command of cleansing the feet would fall back to the original Command of washing.


Besides there are several authentic narrations recorded from the Prophet (saws) and his companions whereby they always washed their feet in wudu in preparation for prayer.


Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 111 Narrated by Hadrat Ali (r.a.) ibn AbuTalib

Abdu Khayr said: Ali came upon us and he had already offered prayer. He called for water. We asked: What will you do with water when you have already offered prayer? - Perhaps to teach us. A utensil containing water and a wash-basin were brought (to him). He poured water from the utensil on his right hand and washed both his hands three times, rinsed the mouth, snuffed up water and cleansed the nose three times. He then washed his face three times, and washed his right hand three times and washed his left hand three times. He then put his hand in water and wiped his head once. He then washed his right foot thrice and left foot thrice, then said: If one is pleased to know the method of performing ablution of the Messenger of Allah (saws), this is how he (saws) did it.


If one does not wash ones feet but rather merely wipes ones naked feet during wudu, their wudu would be considered invalid; and because being in the state of valid wudu is an absolute precondition for prayers, if one offers prayers in a state of invalid wudu, their prayers too would be invalid. And Allah Alone Knows Best.


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