Q 2: What is the ruling on wearing socks while peforming Tawaf-ul-Qudum (circumambulation around the Ka`bah on arrival in Makkah) during Hajj, and doing the Tawaf (circumambulation around the Ka`bah) of `Umrah while wearing them during `Umrah? What is the ruling on wearing sewn socks?

A: It is not permissible for men to wear socks when in Ihram (ritual state for Hajj and `Umrah) for Hajj or `Umrah. If a man needs to wear them because of sickness, and so on, he must offer a Fidyah (ransom), which is to fast for three days, to feed six poor persons, giving each one half a Sa` (1 Sa` = 2.172 kg) of dates or similar food, or to slaughter a sheep.

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`Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz