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Women participating in sports

Published: 22/08/2011 08:36:00 PM GMT
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What is the ruling if a group of Muslim women organizing some sporting activities for Muslim women to engage in while they are properly covered? These activities include swimming, jogging, bungee jumping (jumping down a bridge with the feet tied to a very long elastic rope), bicycle riding, and many others. Is it correct for Muslim women to participate in such sporting events as long as they are properly covered?

Answered by

Sheikh `Abd Allah b. Muhammad al-Tayyâr, professor at al-Qasîm University

It is permissible for a woman to engage in any such sporting activities with the permission of her guardian as long as those activities are of benefit to her and do not involve her in any of the following:

1. exposing her body to non-mahram men

2. near-nudity among other women

3. free mixing with men

4. physical harm to herself

If these conditions are met, then there is nothing wrong with her engaging in sporting activities similar to the practice related about the Prophet (peace be upon him) that he engaged in footraces with `A’ishah.

And Allah knows best.

Source: Islam Today

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