Women riding horses or swimming

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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