Is it permissible for a woman to swim in front of her close relatives?

Answered according to Shafi'i Fiqh by

Answered by Shaykh Amjad Rasheed
Translated by Shaykh Hamza Karamali, SunniPath Academy Teacher

Is it permissible for a young girl who has reached puberty to swim in the presence of her father and brother if she wears something that covers her nakedness but sticks to her body and reveals its form when it becomes wet?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Translated by Hamza Karamali

If she covers her nakedness, it is permissible for a woman to swim in the presence of her father, brother, and all her unmarriageable relatives. The mere sticking of her clothes to her body does not render this impermissible unless she fears that she will cause temptation, which is possible especially among her young male unmarriageable relatives. It is therefore superior for a woman not to do this in front of them to prevent the door of temptation from being opened.


السؤال : هل يجوز للفتاة البالغة أن تسبح في حضرة أبيها وأخيها إن كانت ترتدي ما يغطي عورتها علماً بأن الملابس إذا ابتلت التصقت بالجسم وأظهرت ( جسَّمت ) ما تحتها ؟
الجواب : يجوز للمرأة أن تسبح في حضرة أبيها وأخيها وسائر محارمها إذا كانت مستورةَ العورة ، ومجردُ التصاق الملابس بالجسم لا يحرم ذلك إلا إن خشيت الفتنة ، وهذا يمكن تأتيه خصوصاً عند المحارم من الشباب ، فالأولى بالمرأة أن لا تفعل ذلك أمامهم ؛ لئلا تفتح عليهم باب فتنة .

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