Women riding horses or
Q700 :According to Islamic law, are women allowed to
ride horses? If not, please explain why?
A700 : Horse riding is an activity encouraged by the
Prophet. He has urged us to teach our children "good marksmanship,
swimming and horse riding." His statement includes both sons and
daughters. When a woman rides a horse, she must continue to observe
Islamic standards of propriety. She may not wear clothes which are not
acceptable from the Islamic point of view. The same applies to
swimming. She may not wear a swimming costume which reveals her arms or
legs in front of men. If she is wearing such a costume, she has to
confine her swimming to an enclosed private swimming pool, where she is
seen only by people who are allowed to see her in that condition.
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