Question 76: Please advise and give us a Fatwaa’ (legal opinion) concerning the following:
First: is it permissible to perform Wudoo’ (ablution) and Ghusl (ritual bath) in the bathroom, given that there are faucets available outside the bathroom?
Second: What is the ruling on wiping over leather socks? Can it be performed while a person is wearing shoes, or just over the socks? Please advise, and many thanks to you!
Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions!
First, if one is able to perform Wudoo’ outside the bathroom, it is better, while taking care to pronounce Tasmiyah (saying, “Bismillaah [In the Name of Allaah]”) in the beginning. Otherwise, a person may perform Wudoo’ inside the bathroom while protecting themselves from being soiled with Najaasah (ritual impurity)… read more here.