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Swimming while on haydh

Fatwaa ID: 1695

Assalamu Alaykum

Is it allowed for women to swim in the sea/swimming pool/ lakes etc… when on haydh in the shafi school of thought?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

According to the Shaafi’ee legal school, if the volume of water is 216 liters (qullatayn) or more, then impurity falling into it will not render it najis unless one of its three characteristics (color, odor, taste) is changed. The water will remain pure. Accordingly, it is permissible for a menstruating woman to swim in a body of water that is 216 liters or more provided that the bleeding or spotting does not change one of its characteristics. If it does change or the water is less than the said amount, then the water will become najis and will then have to be removed. That being said, it is obvious that a woman swimming is subject to adhering to the laws of hijaab and modesty.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

02/13/1445 AH – 08/30/2023 CE | 579

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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