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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 bras?

They replied:

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 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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