Are socks required when one wears hijab? Isn’t that debatable?
Yes indeed it seems that wearing of socks is debatable. Different Islamic scholars & different Islamic school of thoughts (hanafis, hanbalis, malakis, & shafai’is) have interpreted Hadiths bit differently even though they all belong to the branch of Sunni.
Before providing an answer, please understand the reason of doing hijab.
When a Muslimah dons a hijab, she does it just for Allah (SWT) ( الله سُبْحَانَهُ وتَعَالَى). That intention has to be there, otherwise the hijab itself is no use.
With that being said, try to be sincere to yourself and do justice. Whichever school of thoughts you follow, remember Allah (SWT) ( الله سُبْحَانَهُ وتَعَالَى) is always watching over you and He knows your intention.
If you believe that socks or light tights need to be worn when you do hijab, I say go for it. I believe whatever we do for the sake of Allah (SWT) ( الله سُبْحَانَهُ وتَعَالَى), He knows and He will In Sha’Allah ( إن شاء الله) make it easier for us.
With or without socks, our intentions shouldn’t change and neither should we flaunt any aspects of ourselves or feel superior over anyone. Hijab is not for show, but for our own self!
On the side note, I have realized it’s easier to wear socks when doing hijab, especially during winter and falls. In summer and spring, I usually wear light tights or stockings. It flows with the outfits!
If it is difficult for you to wear socks, remember each difficulty faced for Allah (SWT) ( الله سُبْحَانَهُ وتَعَالَى) in this world, is huge rewards In Sha’Allah ( إن شاء الله) in Hereafter. Aameen.