Sharhu Sunnah : Lesson 28 : Point 34
Shaykh Fawzan | Dawud Burbank [Audio|English]
And wiping over the leather socks is Sunnah.
“And wiping over the leather socks is Sunnah.” He stated this matter, even though it is from the matters of fiqh then it has a connection to `aqeedah. For whoever denies wiping upon the leather socks, then he will be outside the Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah, contradicting the correct creed and belief; because wiping over the leather socks is established from the Messenger sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam in many ahaadeeth which reach the level of being mutawaatir (reported by a huge numbers of people at every single level of transmission, so many that it would be impossible to gather together upon a lie).  Wiping over the leather socks is a concession and acting upon a concession is a Sunnah, because of his saying sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam, “Allaah loves that His concessions should be taken up, just as He hates that acts of disobedience to Him are committed.” 
So wiping over the leather socks, and wiping over whatever takes the places of the leather socks with regard to normal socks, is established in the Prophetic Sunnah. And no one disagrees about it except for the Raafidah (Shee`ah), whilst they affirm wiping upon the feet. So in the view of the Raafidah the feet are not to be washed, rather they are to be wiped over using as evidence the aayah (of wudoo):
وَامْسَحُوا بِرُءُوسِكُمْ وَأَرْجُلَكُمْ إِلَى الْكَعْبَيْنِ
And wipe your heads and wipe your feet up to the ankles (Sooratul-Maa·idah (5), aayah 6)
And in their view the ka`baan (two ankle bones) it doesn’t mean the two well known ankle bones at the bottom of the shins, rather in their view it refers to what comes under the strap of the shoe or sandal, and it is where the foot joins the heel – that which is called the throne of the foot (i.e. the arch or ridge on top of the foot). This is the ka`b (ankle bone) in the view of the Raafidah. It is other than ka`b which is with the people of Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah.
And there is no proof for them even with the recitation with kasrah in the aayah (wa arjulikum), because the well-known recitation is with it being mansoob:
‘Wa arjulakum’ joining it to those things (which are to be washed), ‘faghsiloo wujoohakum…’ (i.e. wash your faces and your feet).
And with regards to the recitation where there is a kasrah, then it is on account of the word being next to His saying ‘wamsahoo bi ru·oosikum’ (i.e. wipe your heads and also your feet). And the proof is that the Prophet sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam used to wash his feet, and he had not used to wipe except upon the leather socks. 
 Translator’s side point: Imaam an-Nawawiyy stated that some of the reports contain from eighty Companions including the ten promised Paradise.
 Reported by Imaam Ahmad in his Musnad, by at-Tabaraaniyy in al-Mu`jamus-Sagheer, Ibn Khuzaymah in his Saheeh and Ibn Hibbaan in his Saheeh, from the hadeeth of `Abdullaah Ibn `Umar radiyAllaahu `anhumaa. And it is declared saheeh by al-Munthiriyy in at-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb, and he declared the chain of narration of Ahmad to be authentic.
Translator’s side point: And Shaykh al-Albaaniyy in his checking of at-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb declared this hadeeth to be hasan saheeh.
 Translator’s side point: Shaykh Ahmad an-Najmiyy rahimahullaah said:
“Wiping over the leather socks is from the Sunnahs. And wiping upon the leather socks has entered upon the matters of creed and belief, because some of the innovators deny it; and they are the Khawaarij and the Shee`ah, using as proof that it does not occur in the Qur’aan. But it is established from the Prophet sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam through the narration of a group of the Companions. And denying it has become a distinguishing sign of the people of innovations. And the Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa`ah affirm it, because of the proofs for it.”
Ithaaful-Qaaree bit-Ta`leeqaat `alaa Sharhis-Sunnah
(A Gift To The Reader In Annotation Of Sharh As-Sunnah)
by Shaykh Saalih ibn Fowzaan al-Fowzaan hafizahullaah
Translated by Aboo Talhah Daawood Burbank, rahimahullaah
Posted with kind permission from Dawud Burbank rahimahullaah
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