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A Slight Tear in Socks is Overlooked
Question#1026


What is the ruling if someone notices after prayer, either a short or long time afterwards, that he had a medium size tear in one of his socks? Should he repeat his prayer or not?


If the tear is small or the hole is small according to convention or custom, it is overlooked and the prayer is correct. However, it is safest for the believing men and women to be very careful about keeping their socks free from any kind of tear or hole. This is being more cautious with respect to their religion and it also avoids the difference of opinion [that exists concerning such torn socks]. This approach is indicated by the Prophet's statement,

"Leave what makes you doubt for that which does not make you doubt."

The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said,

"Whoever avoids the doubtful matters clears himself in regard to his religion and his honor."2

Shaikh Ibn Baz

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Footnote

1. Recorded by al-Tirmidhi and al-Nasal. It is an authentic hadith.

2. Recorded by al-Bukhari and Muslim.