Light Sporting Between Spouses

854 Light Sporting Between Spouses

Posted on November 03, 2013 | Filed under Mukhtalif Fatawajaat, Miscellaneous Nature

Question :
Can we understand from the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) racing with his wife Aisha that women can participate in athletics? We would like you to clarify this issue.

Answer :
That race was in a particular circumstances. It is apparent that it was at night and the people has retired to their quarters. The race took place in the mosque, close to it or at the end of the city. Perhaps the purpose behind it was to complete the good relations between them and increase the love and affection between the spouses. Based on that, one may use that as evidence for similar acts. Therefore, it is allowed for a man to do something similar with his wife on the condition that they are concealed and not a source of distraction or temptation. As for her practicing publicly in athletics, be it sports, racing, wrestling or so forth, one cannot derive that from that story of the Prophet (S.A.W) That story is limited to actions between spouses and in the manner we have described. And Allah knows best.
Shaikh ibn Jibreen

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