Swimming whilst fasting

Reference: Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Page 524, Fatwa No.490
Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – Volume 1, Pages 509-510

Question: What is the ruling regarding swimming in the sea or in the pool during the day in Ramadhaan?

Response: We say [that] there is no harm in the fasting person swimming in the sea or in the pool, whether the pool is deep or otherwise, he can swim as he wishes and immerse himself in the water. However, he must – to the best of his ability – take care not to allow any water into his stomach.

Swimming energises the fasting person and assists him in his fast; And that which energises [a person] in obedience to Allaah, then there is no harm in it because it is from that which reduces the effects of hardship of worship for the worshipper and makes it easy for him.

Allaah (Tabaarak wa Ta’aala) says in the verses related to fasting:

{Allaah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. [He wants that you] must complete the same number [of days], and that you must magnify Allaah for having guided you}, soorah al-Baqarah, aayah 185

And the Prophet ﷺ said:

«This religion is easy. No one becomes harsh and strict in the religion without it overwhelming him» – transmitted by al-Bukhaaree ref.6463 and Muslim ref.2816

So there is no harm in swimming in the pool, just as there is no harm in taking a shower and other than that; And Allaah has the Complete Knowledge [of all affairs].

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. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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