Q: Is it permissible to make masah on the customary cotton and nylon socks worn nowadays?
A. The principle fardh in regard to the feet is washing. This is established by the categorical declaration of the Qur’aan. Masah on leather socks again is confirmed through numerous Ahadeeth. Now for application of the masah rule to the cotton and nylon socks worn nowadays it is imperative that the socks are effective as leather socks and furthermore all the characteristics of the leather socks are established for the normal socks beyond any doubt. It is obvious that the cotton/nylon socks generally worn nowadays do not have the characteristics of leather socks. Therefore, masah on normal cotton and nylon socks will not be permissible. Salaat read whilst having made masah on such socks will not be valid.