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[1]Masah (Arabic: مسح) refers to the act of ritually cleaning the head or feet with a small amount of water, running the wet hands over the head or feet before salat (Islamic prayer). The term shares the same root as the word Maseeh (Messiah) which is used for one who is anointed, in religious terms by God.[2][3][4][5]

Masah of the head

Wet hands should be passed all over the head, with a deliberate stroke downwards from the top of the head; then index fingers are placed in ear canal while thumbs pass behind ears & lobes; then swipe back of hands over neck nape. This is done in one continuous motion, without refreshing the hands with water for each component. Hands should not be passed around the fore-neck as it is prohibited. One may not make masah over a Muslim head cap, and wet hands must actually touch the head.


  1. ^ "٧. مرحبا بكم في سنغافورة", Singapore through Arab Eyes, ISEAS Publishing, pp. 49–67, 2007-12-31, retrieved 2022-06-06
  2. ^ "All You Need to Know About Masah Over Socks During Wudu". The Wudhu Socks. Retrieved 2020-11-30.
  3. ^ "Socks permitted to be wiped over in Wudhu". Askimam. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Masah over Regular Socks". Albalagh. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Is Masah (wiping over the socks) Permissible on Regular Socks?" (PDF). Mufti Muhammad Yusuf bin Yaqoob Daka. Retrieved 17 July 2021.

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