Muslim women showing their hair to non Muslim women

Question:

Assalamu'alaikum,

We have learned the masla that it is impermissible for a woman to uncover her hair in front of non muslim women.  I have membership in a women's gym where no males are allowed.  I have not been wearing hijab there because I find it extremely difficult to do so while exercising as I have a medical condition known as vasovagal syncope in which excess heat and dehydration can make me get very dizzy and even pass out.  Is it permissible for me to exercise without hijab due to my condition at this all women's gym, or should I cancel my membership?

 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما

Answer:

Assalamu Alaikum,
The ruling that you have read is correct. It is not permissible for Muslim Women to uncover there head in front of non-Muslim ladies, and majority of the ulama are of this opinion. Although there is  another opinion that it is permissible for a Muslim Woman to uncover her head in front of non-Muslim women, but that is the opinion of the minority. Hence being on the safe side you should consider other options to continue your exercise. If it is possible to just cover the hair and do your exercise then that may also be done and it will be permissible.

May Allah make it easy for you and cure you to the fullest with 'aafiyah. Ameen
And Allah knows best

والله اعلم

Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala knows best.

Mohammad Jafari

Approved by Mufti Husain Ahmad Madani