Questions about women’s sport / the Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s answers


SHAFAQNA – The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered questions about women’s sport.

Question1: Can women take up different types of wrestling, and can they watch live uncovered parts of men’s bodies wrestling on television without enjoyment?

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: Anything which harms the human being is Haram, and according to Wajib precaution, a woman should not look at parts of the body of non-Mahram man without enjoyment even on television, unless hands and legs or whatever which usually are not covered, are covered.

Question2: Is there any problem with dancing as sport and for happiness with mother or sister?

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: According to Wajib precaution, it is not allowed.

Question3: What is the ruling about ladies doing sport (with music) for the (sake of) healthy body?

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: There is no problem doing sport, and if the music is for corrupt pleasure, listening to it, is not allowed.

Question4: Please express your views about women taking up ancient sport or exercise (Zurkhaneh) and holding classes for women for being a mentor/leader/Morshid (for ancient sports)?

The Grand Ayatollah Sistani: There is no problem if all religious limits are observed.



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