Fatwa: # 46285
Category: Jurisprudence and Rulings...
Country: African Country
Date: 9th October 2020


Can a woman in Haidh swim?


Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatohu


Would like to  know if its permissible for a woman to swim while she has her haidh


Jazaakallaahu khairan



In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is permissible for a woman in Haidh to swim. However, when the clothing/swimming outfit is wet, it sticks to the body and thus the form and shape of the body is exposed.[i] Therefore, a woman should ensure that there are no males around. This includes Mahram males as well (besides her husband) in keeping with shame and modesty.

See the following Ahadith on the importance of shame and modesty:


 عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه، عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال «الإيمان بضع وستون شعبة، والحياء شعبة من الإيمان

Translation: Abu Hurairah (Radiyallāhu Anhu) narrates that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Iman consists of more than sixty branches and Haya (modesty  bashfulness) is a part of Iman." (Sahih Al-Bukhari: 9)


عن أبي هريرة قال: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: الحياء من الإيمان، والإيمان في الجنة، والبذاء من الجفاء، والجفاء في النار

Translation: Abu Hurairah (Radiyallāhu Anhu) narrates that Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Modesty is from Iman, and (people of) Iman will be in Jannah. And obscenity is from rough/harsh character, and (people with) rough/harsh character will be in Jahannam" (Sunan Al-Tirmidhi: 2009)[ii]

قال ابن عمر: «إن الحياء والإيمان قرنا جميعا، فإذا رفع أحدهما رفع الآخر

Translation: Ibn 'Umar (Radiyallāhu Anhu) narrates that “Haya (modesty) and Iman are linked together, if any one of them is lifted, then the other will also be lifted” (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah: 25350) 


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best


Checked and Approved by,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai



[i] الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (6/ 366)

 أَقُولُ: مُفَادُهُ أَنَّ رُؤْيَةَ الثَّوْبِ بِحَيْثُ يَصِفُ حَجْمَ الْعُضْوِ مَمْنُوعَةٌ وَلَوْ كَثِيفًا لَا تُرَى الْبَشَرَةُ مِنْهُ… وَعَلَى هَذَا لَا يَحِلُّ النَّظَرُ إلَى عَوْرَةِ غَيْرِهِ فَوْقَ ثَوْبٍ مُلْتَزِقٍ بِهَا يَصِفُ حَجْمَهَا


[ii] تحفة الأحوذي (6/ 125)

قَوْلُهُ (الْحَيَاءُ مِنَ الْإِيمَانِ) أَيْ بَعْضُهُ أَوْ مِنْ شُعَبِهِ (وَالْإِيمَانُ) أَيْ أَهْلُهُ قَالَ الطِّيبِيُّ جَعْلُ أَهْلِ الْإِيمَانِ عَيْنَ الْإِيمَانِ دَلَالَةٌ عَلَى أَنَّهُمْ تَمَحَّضُوا مِنْهُ وَتَمَكَّنُوا مِنْ بَعْضِ شُعَبِهِ الَّذِي هُوَ أَعْلَى الفرع منه كما جعل الايمان مقرى ومبوأ لأهله في قوله تعالى والذين تبؤوا الدار والإيمان لِتَمَكُّنِهِمْ مِنَ الْإِيمَانِ وَاسْتِقَامَتِهِمْ عَلَيْهِ (وَالْبَذَاءُ) بِفَتْحِ الباء خلاف الحياء والناشىء مِنْهُ الْفُحْشُ فِي الْقَوْلِ وَالسُّوءُ فِي الْخُلُقِ (مِنْ الْجَفَاءِ) وَهُوَ خِلَافُ الْبِرِّ الصَّادِرِ مِنْهُ الْوَفَاءُ (وَالْجَفَاءُ) أَيْ أَهْلُهُ التَّارِكُونَ لِلْوَفَاءِ

الثَّابِتُونَ عَلَى غِلَاظَةِ الطَّبْعِ وَقَسَاوَةِ الْقَلْبِ (فِي النَّارِ) إِمَّا مُدَّةً أَوْ أَبَدًا لِأَنَّهُ فِي مُقَابِلِ الْإِيمَانِ الْكَامِلِ أَوْ مُطْلَقُهُ فَصَاحِبُهُ مِنْ أَهْلِ الْكُفْرَانِ أَوِ الْكُفْرِ

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