Is wiping over the Khuff better than removing the Khuff (leather boots) or socks and washing the feet?
Imam Ahmed, may Allah have mercy on him, said: "It is better for the one who is wearing socks (after having worn them while in a state of Wudhu) to wipe over them for this is what the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) and his Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) did. If one's feet are uncovered he should wash them, and should not put socks on simply to avoid washing his feet. The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) would wash his feet if they were uncovered, and would wipe over the Khuff if he was wearing them."
Imam Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allah have mercy on him, said: 'The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) would not overburden himself, rather he would wipe over his Khuff if he was wearing them and not remove them. If they were uncovered he would wash his feet, and not wear the khuff to wipe over them.'
Wiping Period
A resident (i.e. one who is not traveling) may wipe over his socks for a day and a night; whereas, a traveler may wipe over his socks for three days and three nights. The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said:
"A traveler (may wipe over his socks) for three days and three nights, and a resident (may wipe over his socks) for a day and a night.' (Muslim).
When does the period begin?
The period of wiping for a resident or traveler begins from the time he first wipes over them.
What part of the Khuff should be wiped?
The upper part of the Khuff should be wiped. This is narrated in the Hadeeth of al-Mughirah (may Allah be pleased with him). He said that he saw the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessing be upon him) wipe over the upper part of the Khuff. (Tirmidthi)
Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) said: 'Were the Deen taken by opinion, wiping the bottom of the Khuff would be more intellectually sound than wiping the upper part of the Khuff. I saw the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessing be upon him) wiping over the upper part of the Khuff.' (Abu Dawood).
 
 

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