Q. Assalamualaikum ……. Is it permissible for a Muslim woman to participate in a ladies only road race like the Spar ladies race which will take place on public roads in the city?
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A. Although this event is exclusive to females, it is not permissible for Muslims women to take part in this event. The place of a Muslim woman is her home where she remains protected and preserves her dignity. Allah impresses this in the Holy Qur’an:
وَقَرْنَ فِي بُيُوتِكُنَّ وَلَا تَبَرَّجْنَ تَبَرُّجَ الْجَاهِلِيَّةِ الْأُولَى
“Remain in your homes, and do not display (your) beauty as it used to be displayed in the days of earlier ignorance…” (33:33)
By taking part in this event, a Muslim female will be exposing herself to the public including non-Mahram males which is not permitted.
Generally, taking part in such events requires a female to dress in tight fitting or revealing clothing. Thus, even if she is wearing a head covering she will still be guilty of being unclothed as the Hadith has categorised women who wear tight fitting or revealing clothing as naked. (Sahih Muslim)
And Allah Knows Best
Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed