Women jogging between the two green lights during Sa’ee

Reference: Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa., – Volume 11, Page 226, Question 5 of Fatwa No.8820

Question: Regarding the jogging between the two green [lights] in the sa’ee, with respect to women, in my limited readings through the books of fiqh in the chapters pertaining to hajj and ‘umrah, I have not found anything which prevents the women from the jogging. I once heard one of the scholars on television say that the woman does not jog in the sa’ee, rather it is specific to the men only. This is because it is more protective for the woman such that she does not reveal (mafaatinahaa) that which causes fitnah whilst she is jogging. However, he did not mention any evidence for his statement. So I said to myself, if my opinion is correct from his ijtihaad, then the jogging is also a Sunnah which Haajar (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhaa) started, however, and all praise is due to Allaah [alone], I understand the [Shaykh’s] opinion, and all praise is due to Allaah [alone], that the religion is not based upon [unqualified] opinions, as the Ameer al-Mu.mineen ‘Alee (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhu) said. Please advice us, and may Allaah bless you, since I take my family for ‘umrah from time to time and we need to know that which is correct/authentic regarding this issue?

Response: Ibn al-Munthir said:

The people of knowledge are in agreement that there is no jogging for the women around the House (Ka’bah), and nor [in the sa’ee] between [the green lights of] as-Safaa and al-Marwah, and nor are they to place the ridaa (top part of the ihraam) under their right armpits; This is because the principle behind the two is to show stamina and hardiness, and that is not meant for the women, because what is meant for the women is to cover themselves, and since the jogging involves placing the ridaa (top part of the ihraam) under their right armpits then this leads to displaying and revealing.

And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

– from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee’ah in 2004.