A RANGE of waterproof socks produced by a Bolton company are now being sold to Muslims across the world.

The DAKY Wudu socks are said to be an alternative to the leather Khuffain, traditionally worn by some Muslims, as they are required to wipe over them instead of washing the entire foot.

The company says the waterproof non-leather khuffain are completely compliant with Islamic rulings. They are now being sold in Canada, USA, Australia, Trinidad, Zambia and across Europe.

Company spokesman and co-founder of DAKY International Mr Dakri said: "We usually find ourselves rushing for prayer, especially in the winter months, when one salah is quickly followed by another.

“For your average nine-to-five office worker, it becomes really cumbersome to go and do Wudu in the workplace washroom, especially washing feet in a small sink. Not to mention the fact that your in a rush as time is ticking away for prayer and others are waiting to use the sink after you.

“You end up putting your wet feet back into your shoes making your shoes all damp and soggy, tip-toeing out of the washroom with your pants rolled half way up your calves while of course, leaving a messy wet floor behind.

“The leather Khuffain have been the only solution to this issue, and they’ve been around for centuries and they will be around long after we are gone, but unfortunately the ones we have today are not ideal in the busy corporate, business world.”

The firm decided to produce a sock that would solve the issue for Muslims in the modern world.

Mr Dakri said, “Our socks are completely waterproof and they have been rigorously tested by scholars to ensure that they abide by all the rulings according to Islam.

“We wanted to produce something 100 per cent authentic and 100 per cent shariah compliant.”

The company also produces a range of over-ankle socks for women and summerwear and designs everything in the UK.

Mr Dakri said the firm was always on the lookout for feedback from customers.