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How is it in Islam for women to ride on horses?

Question: How is it for women to ride on horses?




Without legal necessity, a woman is forbidden to ride a horse because it is a male job. In the hadith, it is said that there is a curse on them. Ibn Hibban narrates in his Sahih from Abdullah b. Umar (Allah be pleased with them) in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,


يکون في اخر امّتي نساء يرکبن علي مرج کاشباه الرجال الحديث وفي اٰخره العنوهن فانهن ملعونات

“There will eventually be such women among my Ummah who are like men riding on animals.” al-Hadith. And at the end, it said, “Convey your curses on these women, for they are accursed.”1


I say: the words of a known hadith were taken as if in their meaning from the same said hadith:

لعن اﷲ الفروج علی السروج

“Allah’s curse is on the private part of the women who ride mounts.”2


al-Imam Ahmad Raza Khan al-Qadiri al-Barelvi
19-Rabi al-Akhir-1336 || ≈ 1-Feb-1918
al-‘Ataya al-Nabawiyyah fi’l-Fatawa al-Ridawiyyah: vol. 24, p. 545, #229
Click for more fatawa’s of Ala Hazrat

  1. Mawarid al-Zaman Ila Zawaid Ibn Hibban – Hadith number: 1454, p. 351
  2. Asrar al-Mawdua – Hadith numner: 715, p. 185
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