What do the scholars of the Dīn and muftīs of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: Is a Muslim female allowed to ride bicycle?
Questioner: Farhan from UK
بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب
There is no harm in it if done as an exercise in one’s yard or elsewhere with some privacy, for riding bicycle is proven to be medically beneficial and here, in the United Kingdom, doctors recommend it for the treatment of various ailments.
All exercises are permissible for your physical fitness, and running is proven from the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him, as it is mentioned in Sunan Abi Dawood, narrated by Sayyidah ‘Ayesha – may Allah be pleased with her. She said:
فَسَابَقْتُهُ فَسَبَقْتُهُ عَلَى رِجْلَيَّ، فَلَمَّا حَمَلْتُ اللَّحْمَ سَابَقْتُهُ فَسَبَقَنِي فَقَالَ:هَذِهِ بِتِلْكَ السَّبْقَةِ
“I was on a journey with the Holy Prophet – may Allah send peace and blessings upon him. I had a race with him, and I outstripped him (running) on my feet. When I became chubby, I had a race with him and (this time) he outstripped me. He said: This is for that outstripping.”
[Sunan Abi Dawood Hadeeth No. 2578 Vol. 3, p. 42]
واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری
Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri
Translated by Musjidul Haq Research Department ( www.musjidulhaq.com )
Read the original Urdu answer here: [Q-ID0767] Is it permissible for females to ride bicycles in Islam?