Praying behind imam who wipes over naked feet


Ássalamu alaikum.

Is it permissible to pray behind an imam who wipes over his naked feet like the Shia, instead of washing them?


As-Salamu ‘Alaikum,

The evidence that it is obligatory to wash the feet is the report narrated by al-Bukhari (163) and Muslim (241) from ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Amr (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Alaah be upon him) stayed behind us on a journey and then caught up with us, and we were late in praying ‘Asr. We started doing wudu’ and wiping out feet, and he called out at the top of his voice: “Woe to the heels from the fire” two or three times.

Dr. Senad Agic, Imam
SABAH – Chicago
9920 Grand Ave
Franklin Park, IL 60131

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