I want to offer prayers regularly but my office infrastructure does not have any wudu (ablution) arrangements. I can't wash my feet and that is my main doubt. Is my prayer valid without washing my feet or not?

  • What do you mean by not able to wash your feet?
    – Anwar
    Commented Apr 11, 2017 at 19:59
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    Washing your feet is an obligatory act of wudu' if you don't do it your wudu' and salat are both invalid.
    – Medi1Saif
    Commented Apr 11, 2017 at 20:03
  • There is no arrangement for wudu.There is wash basin only.I can wash my hand and face and feet are remain as it is.this is main question. Commented Apr 11, 2017 at 20:10
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    Did the Prophet use a special basin for his feet? How can you say you can't wash your feet then? Most of us use normal basin for ablution from A to Z.
    – Medi1Saif
    Commented Apr 11, 2017 at 20:35
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    You can wear leather socks and can do masah on it instead as it is sunnah.
    – Syedah
    Commented Apr 12, 2017 at 1:30

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Also I have same problem in my hostel room . So I decided to put a bucket( which I do not use for anything but to wash my feet by pouring with a mug ) near to sink or in a corner . I do wudu in sink except and finally wash my feet in the bucket.. Hope this may help anybody....Assalamu alaikum☺


As Medi1Saif said in the comments. Washing the feet is an essential part of Wudu:

Quran 5:6 O you who have believed, when you rise to [perform] prayer, wash your faces and your forearms to the elbows and wipe over your heads and wash your feet to the ankles. And if you are in a state of janabah, then purify yourselves ...

Emphasis added.

And most people use a sink in their homes and at work to wash their feet:

person washing feet in a sink, by lifting them up

Most workplaces should allow you to do that, and of course on your part you should be respectful and make sure that you properly clean the sink before leaving.

If you can't do that because of something this:

a sign forbidding putting feet in the sink

Then there are alternates:

You can fill up a small bottle with water and use it to wash your feet in a corner of the washroom, if there is a floor drain.

small round drain in the floor

Indeed where there is no other choice you may even use the toilet area to do this, since the need for Wudu and Prayer is greater than need for purity of the surroundings.


Can you do wudhu at home and not break it until prayer time(s)? Anyway you are concerned about how to wash your feet in a sink and not be spotted by another? You will just have to explain but someone could object. An option is to use the disabled / handicapped toilet where you can do wudhu in private as the sink is in the cubicle. Otherwise do wudhu at home before leaving for work and put on socks in the state of wudhu. Then you can wipe on them instead of washing the feet in the office gents. That won't be an issue. If you have other Muslims at your job ask them what they do? Some offices have shower facilities - you could do wudhu in there in privacy just collect some water in a jug and pour it instead of using a tap. Or run the shower slowly if possible.


I have the same issue. I do wudu as normal except for feet. Then I take 4 paper towels, wetten 2, and put these in the other 2. I then put all of them in my pocket.

When I get to the place to pray (we have a prayer room), I take my shoes off and wipe my feet with the wet paper towels (make sure you get the heels).

  • This practice is only valid for those madhhabs which regard wiping on feet as valid for wudu' asuming your wudu' holds, as wudu' which was not completed may also become invalid within the time your skin gets dry on the body parts you've washed!
    – Sassir
    Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 18:13

The Shafi interpretation says that if you put socks on after your morning wudu when you do wash your feet and keep shoes over your socks throughout the day once you leave your home, then all following wudus throughout the day only require a wipe over the socks for wudu.

Socks were not used during our prophet's time so cleaning the feet must have been required for cleanliness purposes. Also if we closely examine the ayah in pertaining to wudu in the Quran 5:6 it qualifies with "when you rise to prayer". This qualifies the morning (fajr) prayer since the rest of the day we are already arisen. So the wudu in its entirety including full washing of feet are for the fajr prayer. You should wash your feet for every wudu if you can and is practical, but the shafi sect interpretation says wiping over socks is sufficient for all but the fajr salah based on this interpreation of the ayah above.

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