Making wudhu with compression stockings

Q: An old lady has been advised by a doctor to wear compression stockings on her legs for circulation. She doesn't have any wounds etc. on her legs. The stockings are from her knees and only the toes are open.

The stockings are very tight and she requires someone to put it on and remove it for her. Is it permissible for her to make masah over the stockings and only wash the toes for wudhu?

A: In order for the wudhu to be valid, the feet will have to be washed. If the feet are not washed, the wudhu will not be valid. In such a situation, we advise her to make the complete wudhu and thereafter wear the khuff above the stockings. For the duration of one day and one night, she can continue wearing the khuff and making masah on the khuff.

However, if this is difficult and will delay the healing period, then since she is wearing the stockings for medical reasons, it will be permissible for her to wear the stockings and make masah over the stockings. She should wash the area of her toes which are exposed.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)