Asalaam, i had a Facebook conversation with another muslim brother, My cousin who resides in Perth Western Australia, the discussion was about women playing soccer, there was an article about FIFA banning the iranian women soccer team from playing soccer in Hijaab, many would agree or disagree, but i agreed that they should not be allowed to play due to islamic reasons, this is a very broad topic, but below are some things that were discussed and perhaps this would help other Muslim women and men who need more clarity on such situations.
Fadia Bint Ismail Jordan to raise hijab with Fifa – Soccer
Fadia Bint Ismail: Should Muslim women be allowed to play football? can someone pls answer this, because are muslim women not suppose to be in the spotlight of other males. even if they played with their HIJAAB on.
Rhiyaad: Not meant to be in the spotlight of other males? Where did you hear this?
Fadia Bint Ismail: Hey cuz…im wondering if it is permissable for them to play in fifa even if they are wearing hijaab, but other males and so forth will b watching them,. it will bring attention to themselves,..is it not? and even if they are wearing tracksuite pants and scarf, their figure will still b showing, and we no its not suppose to show,..and now so many non mahrams will b watching them…
Rhiyaad: I think perhaps you should first find a basis for the fact that women should not bring attention to themselves from the Quran and then the Sunnah. Not from an Imaam or an Imaam’s opinion.
Fadia Bint Ismail: Dont worry ill find it for you. there are certain ways women should conduct themselves in islam…will get back to u on this.
Rhiyaad: If Sitina Aisha (RAN) could lead men into war – and command men in battle – why could she not participate in a soccer game? at
Fadia Bint Ismail: I never said women cant play soccer. im curious as to why they would not allow them to play. this is a broad topic. so all points will b fully accepted, to gain a better understanding.
Rhiyaad: that’s my point. why can a woman lead men, multiple men, into war… yet, she cannot play soccer in hijab to be seen by men, multiple men?
Fadia Bint Ismail: u cnt compare war with soccer. war is about right and wrong, life and death, watching women running after balls is a diff thing, thats entertainment. but this topin is to be continued for the moment, will pick it up after tomz when im done with exams.
Fadia Bint Ismail: Men and women are alike in need of sport and exercise, physical fitness is encouraged in Islam, but the physical restrictions on women participating in sport or physical activity is more than that of men,. It is important that no males should be watching and this is where modesty comes in because sports and exercise should be judged according to the levels of modesty. If the sport is done for innocent reasons, then it would be okay, playing sports in islam is permissable after considering the reasons for playing. the Nabi (SAW) permitted three types of playing 1) playing with ones wife, for example when Aisha (R.A) was on a journey with the prophet (SAW) she had a race with him an outpaced him. 2) Archery 3) Riding a horse. so to end it off, i think that if the physical training-as soccer is done for something that would involve Jihad, attack or retreat, or to ward off chronic illnesses then it will be permissable, but in this case i dont think it is permissable 1) its entertainment 2) even if they wearing hijaab males will still be watching them, and u should look at the modesty level of such a sport. so when Aisha(RA) lead men in war, that was done for a reason and not for entertainment.
Rhiyaad: The world cup is not for entertainment – it represents the height of the competitive spirit, skills and inspires people from all over the world. Its not mere entertainment. In addition, those sunnah sports listed are sunnahs for different reasons, not just literal. Research further into that.
Fadia Bint Ismail: If u want more reasons i will give u. im not against sport or women playing it..but you need to realise this topic is very broad. but inshallah, we all need a bit more understanding, so in meantime il do my reading, and if you have anything do enlighten me.
Rhiyaad: I don’t think you’ve based your reasons on anything. I don’t see any rationale / logical reasons as why women should not participate in sport. Its silly to disallow it. Should we not therefore disallow men because women may ‘cop’ a perve at them? Why is a man’s sport not regarded as entertainment?
Fadia Bint Ismail: First of all lets talk about all sport in general. for men and women, for example men are not suppose to play feminine sports and vice versa, females are not suppose to play masculine sports. both males and females have an Awrah, which you are well aware of what it is but that said. In todays modern times, exposure of the body parts go against Shariah. The holy Prophet (SAW) said for every religion of the world their is a distinctive morality and the distinctive morality of Islam is Modesty. It is not said that sports is not alllowed, but there are distinctions between males and females. and yes a female may cop a perve, and vice versa but then thats her sin for not lowering her gaze. All sport is regarded as entertainement not just sports that males play. entertainment is allowed, even in the prophet(SAW) time, they would do things for amusement, but in moderation, you should not immerse yourself in things that will distract you from deen. And you have to admit also, people go crazy about sports, they no all the sport teams, players, celebs ect..but do they know about the life and the stories of the Sahabah. well Inshallah i hope they do hey. I personally love sport, in moderation, but there is a certain modest way to do it, according to shariah. there are other factors, but we wont get into detail with that. And no one is disallowing sport..as i said before physical fitness is encouraged in islam “but in the correct ways”
Abdul B: – women should not so much as stamp their feet to draw attention to themselves
also, u will find scholars speaking out against even men who play sports such as soccer and leave parts of their legs (above the knee) exposed
personally, i love playing sport – but like fadia said, there should always be moderation.