Swimming in Community Pool When No One is There

By Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Posted: 2 Rajab 1424, 30 August 2003

Q.) I would like to ask if this is permissible: My husband and I and my 2 small children live in an apartment complex. There is a community swimming pool; there are people in it after 5 pm usually. We have checked that on weekdays in the afternoon, around 12 pm to 4 pm there is no one ever in the swimming pool. And the pool is covered by a wall around it, so no one can see inside. I would like to know as I wear a hijab and also cover my face when I go out, is it permissible if I and my husband go to swim in those specified hours around 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, with our children. I will be wearing full clothes when inside water and have my hijab right next to the pool in case someone comes in. As my husband will be there, he can tell me before hand if someone is coming in. Please let me know if this is permissible. JazakAllah khair. [Sister in Islam]

A.) If you have the public swimming pool by yourself and based on your experiences and observations that nobody uses the public pool on the times mentioned by you, you may use the public pool to your advantage in the presence of your husband.

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best