Want To Know The Islamic Ruling On Women Wearing Bras:
Sports In Mixed Venues
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What is the ruling regarding bras for women? And in
particular, bras that make the chest appear bigger
then what is natural for the woman who wears them?.
Praise be to Allaah.
It is permissible for women to wear bras so long as
they are not tight or thin and show the size of the
breasts, unless that is in front of her husband or she
wears over it a loose, wide garment that covers it.
That is because women are enjoined to cover their
‘awrah with something that cannot be seen through and
that does not show the shape.
Ahmad (21834) narrated that Usaamah ibn Zayd (may
Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of
Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
gave me a thick Egyptian garment that was one of the
gifts given to him by Dihyah al-Kalbi, and I gave it
to my wife to wear. He said, “Why do I not see you
wearing that Egyptian garment?” I said, I gave it to
my wife to wear. He said, “Tell her to wear a gown
underneath it, for I am afraid that it may describe
the size of her bones.” Narrated by al-Bayhaqi in al-Sunan
al-Kubra (2/234); classed as hasan by al-Albaani in
Jilbaab al-Mar’ah al-Muslimah, p. 131.
The scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing
Fatwas were asked: What is the ruling on women wearing
Wearing bras that define the breasts and give them a
shape and make women look young provokes a lot of
fitnah; it is not permissible for a woman to appeal
wearing it in front of men who are strangers (non-mahrams)
to her. End quote.
Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 17/107
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him)
said: With regard to bras, there is nothing wrong with
a woman wearing something to beautify her breasts.
There is nothing wrong with that but I think that a
young woman who is not married should not wear it
because in that case it will develop in her a love of
showing off, which may lead to temptation and she
should not do that. But if a married woman does that
for her husband, there is nothing wrong with that and
it is regarded as coming under the heading of
beautification. End quote from Fataawa Noor ‘ala al-Darb.
And Allah knows best
A twelve-year-old girl is asking
about the ruling on doing sports in mixed venues
I am concerned about this subject matter I am a female
at the age of twelve and I practise martial arts
taekwondo I wear my hijab during these classes.
The session is mixed female and male. Is it okay if I
continue my training that enjoy very much even after I
receive my puberty. I will start to wear hiab
permanently then, but my question is must I quit my
Praise be to Allaah.
How good it is that this Muslim girl, who is so young,
is keen to ask about matters of her religion and is
keen to make her life, behaviour and attitude in
accordance with her religion. Whatever her religion
allows, she does it and avails herself of this
concession. Whatever Islam does not allow, it is best
to keep away from, and what Allah has permitted His
slaves is sufficient and there is no need to
transgress His limits and do what He has forbidden.
It is clear that one of the aims of sharee‘ah is that
women should cover themselves and guard their
chastity, and that a woman should not show her charms
to a man who is a stranger (non-mahram) to her.
It is well known that when girls do sports, especially
games involving strength or some other games which
need particular effort, when they do these sports in
mixed clubs and venues, it leads to the girl showing a
great deal of her charms, and showing that which is
not appropriate, especially when these exercises
cannot be done wearing full jilbab.
We have discussed the guidelines on women
participating in sports, the most important of which
is that it should be out of the sight of non-mahram
men. See the answer to question no. 115676.
Doing the exercises that a woman needs at home means
that she has no need to go to clubs and open places,
because that usually involves uncovering and mixing.
In the answer to question no. 1200 we have discussed
the prohibition on mixing because of the serious bad
consequences to which it leads.
It should be noted that many girls reach puberty and
thus become fully accountable when they are twelve
years old. If she has not yet reached this stage, she
is very close to puberty and has reached an age at
which men may be attracted to her. A girl like this
should cover and avoid mixing with men and so on, just
as is required of an adult woman.
See the answer to question no. 43485.
The Muslim woman should be keen to do sports that are
in accordance with her nature and femininity and avoid
violent sports which may affect her body and may cause
her real harm.
We ask Allah to guide you to that which is good for
you in this world and in the Hereafter.
And Allah knows best.