Can Muslim women swim?


My aunt died just last week because while traveling back to her and husband house after visiting her father (my grandam) the plane crashed somewhere I don’t know how and she didn’t knew how to swim and she drowned. My own dad got scared and wanted my mom to swim and she isn’t sure if Muslim women are allowed to play sports, go outside and swim. I keep telling her just like driving a car and modern education every Muslim must learn how to swim in case of emergency and I tell her as long as she takes girls only swim classes with a female teacher and I have seen Muslim women swim suit fashion on the Internet that is good enough to swim and move around and be modest at the same time


Muslim women must know how to swim as it may save life. It is the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh) and a Hadith reads:

“Teach your children male and female: Javelin throwing, swimming, and horse riding.”

Imam Senad Agic
American Islamic Center – Chicago

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