Is it permissible for women to go swimming in the sea?

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Did the wives of the Prophet (pbuh) go swimming in the sea? What is the view of the Prophet about women going swimming in the sea?
The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

The wives of the Prophet (pbuh) did not go swimming in the sea.

It is not permissible for women to go swimming in the sea if their body parts that are necessary to be covered (all of the body except the hands, face and feet) are uncovered and among men even if they wear clothes. However, it is permissible for women to swim in a secure place allocated to women if they cover their body parts that are necessary to be covered.

The parts of the body of a woman that are necessary to be covered in the presence of other women are the same parts as the parts of the body of a man that are necessary to be covered in the presence of other men. Therefore, it is not permissible for Muslim women to look at the body parts of other women between their navels and knees. However, a non-Muslim woman can look only at the face and hands of a Muslim woman; she cannot look at her other body parts.

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