Women going to parks and gyms

Q: Allah Ta'ala mentions in the Quraan:

وَقَرْنَ فِي بُيُوتِكُنَّ وَلَا تَبَرَّجْنَ تَبَرُّجَ الْجَاهِلِيَّةِ الْأُولَىٰ ﴿الأحزاب: ٣٣ ﴾

Translation: “Remain in your homes and do not exit from your homes displaying your beauty as would be displayed (by the women) in the former times of ignorance.” (Al-Ahzaab:33)

1. Many women say that they have to only live in their homes and cannot go out. They say that they also have hearts and they also want to see all other things outside like, the greenery, the parks and other things. Why do they have to only sit in the house?

Sometimes I also get disturbed. Please tell me so that my imaan gets strong.

2. Is it permissible for a woman to go to a nearby park or gym that is only for women for jogging and exercises with full pardah daily?


1. Rather than challenging the commands of Allah, accept it wholeheartedly and try your best to conform. If you cannot find conformity immediately, then ask Allah Ta`ala's forgiveness and help and continue trying. In all eras of Islam, women lived in their homes. There should be no reason that the women of this age should be different from the women of the past.

2. The place of a woman is her home. If she needs to exercise then it should be within the confines of her home.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)