Wiping All Toes
Question :

Do all toes need to be wiped during in wudhu, or just the last toe?

Answer :

It suffices in the correctness of the wudhu to perform what is considered as wiping, even if it is on one toe.

Justification of Wiping the Feet
Question :

What is the justification of the school of Ahl-ul-Bait (peace be upon them) for wiping the feet, rather than wiping over the socks or shoes, or washing them?

Answer :

The wudhu is valid if the feet are wiped directly on the skin. It is not sufficient to wipe on the socks and shoes, nor is it sufficient to wash the feet, as per the verse of wudhu when Almighty Allah said: "When you rise up for prayer, wash you faces, and your hands to the elbows, and wipe your heads and your feet to the ankles." (Quran, 6:5).

Wiping on Socks
Question :

Some people perform ablution in the morning and then wear socks after that. When performing ablution for the noon prayer, they just wipe over socks. Is that correct?

Answer :

It is not correct, as wiping should be on the skin directly.

Wiping on See-through Socks
Question :

Can you do wudhu over see-through socks?

Answer :

It is not valid as the obligatory wiping on the feet does not occur.

Wiping After Using Cream
Question :

Some people may develop a fungal infection of the feet called Athlete's Foot. In order to cure it, the person needs to apply certain creams. Does applying such creams have a negative effect on the wiping of the foot in wudhu?

Answer :

Usual kinds of cream do not prevent water from reaching the skin, so it will not be an impediment for wudhu.

Wudhu with Shoes on
Question :

I offer prayers in my office. Can I do wudhu and pray with my shoes on in case I am unable to go to the mosque.

Answer :

The wudhu is not valid with the shoes on. Praying with the shoes on is permissible if one can place the tips of the two big toes on the ground while wearing the shoes.

Not Taking the Shoes off
Question :

When I am at work, I have to do wudhu for prayers in the sinks of the toilet area. I dislike taking my shoes off and doing wudhu because I have a strong feeling of najasah on the ground there. Also, I wear leather shoes, and I do not know in which country they were manufactured nor if the animal was slaughtered in the correct way. Am I allowed to perform tayammum in regards to prayers or can I do wudhu with my shoes on?

Answer :

Tayammum in this case is not sufficient, as it is possible to perform the prayer in a different place, even if you perform it towards the end of its prescribed time. The leather is considered najis if it was not from an Islamic country but if you were living in an Islamic country, then the leather is considered to be tahir.