Q 5: Concerning jogging between the two green markers during Sa‘y (going between Safa and Marwah during Hajj) for women; based on my limited reading of the books of Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), the chapters on Hajj and ‘Umrah, I have found nothing which indicates that women are prohibited from jogging. However, I once heard a scholar on the television saying that women should not jog during Sa‘y, that it is only for men, and the reason is to protect women and prevent them from revealing their shape while jogging. However, he did not mention any evidence to support this claim. I said to myself that this may be his personal Ijtihad (juristic effort to infer expert legal rulings), but jogging is a Sunnah (supererogatory act of worship following the example of the Prophet) and it was initiated by Hajar (may Allah be pleased with her). Praise be to Allah, I understand about Ra’y (personal opinion) and - praise be to Allah - the Din (religion) is not based on Ra’y, as the Commander of the Believers, ‘Aly (may Allah be pleased with him) said. Please advise us and may Allah bless you. I occasionally go to perform ‘Umrah with my family; we would therefore like to know the correct ruling on this.

A: Ibn Al-Mundhir said that the scholars are unanimously agreed that women do not have to perform Ramal (ritual rapid walk for men) during Tawaf (circumambulation) around the Ka‘bah or during Sa‘y between Safa and Marwah. They also do not have to do Idtiba‘ (uncovering the right shoulder), because the purpose behind these two actions is to show strength, and women are not included in that because the basic principle regarding women is that they cover themselves, but ramal and Idtiba‘ would entail them having to reveal some of their bodies.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
Member Member Deputy Chairman Chairman
`Abdullah ibn Qa`ud `Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz