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140343: 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 training .

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.

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