Fatwa No : 87602
Women driving a motorcycle in Islam
Fatwa Date : Rabee' Al-Awwal 7, 1425 / 26-4-2004
Are women allowed to drive a motorcycle in Islam? I heard that it is forbidden for women to ride a horse. It is the same with a cycle or is it different?
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.
If this is done outside the presence of men, then there is no harm in it, because in principle this is permissible. However, if that is done in a place where men can see the woman, then it is not permissible. Usually, a woman riding a bicycle shows some of her body parts (that are forbidden for other men to see), or wears tight clothes in a manner that shapes the body, or it is possible for her to fall down and therefore would expose her body, and other illicit things could occur.
You have to know that a woman should not expose her face as this is a cause of Fitnah (affliction) especially in this time of mischief in which we are living.
What you have heard about the fact that it is Haram for women to ride horses is true if it is done in public places, because doing so causes their Awrah (parts that must be covered) to be unveiled in front of alien people.
However, if this is done in a place where only the husband can see her, or the like, then there is no harm in it.
Allah knows best.