Ship Cruises


I would like to find out if it is permissible to go for ship cruises, boat rides, jet skiing, fishing etc in the sea or river if there is  no music/entertainment etc. 


Ship Cruises are inclusive of many evils such as intermingling of sexes, music, gambling, involvement in useless activities etc. If there is no evil or entertainment in the ship cruise then too there is clear prohibition for travelling by sea for no valid reason which is found in the Hadeeth of Rasoolullah H.

لاَ يَرْكَبُ الْبَحْرَ إِلاَّ حَاجٌّ أَوْ مُعْتَمِرٌ أَوْ غَازٍ فِى سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ فَإِنَّ تَحْتَ الْبَحْرِ نَارًا وَتَحْتَ النَّارِ بَحْرًا
)سنن ابي داؤد٣٣٧)

“No one should sail on the sea except the one who is going to perform Hajj or Umrah, or the one who is going to fight in Allah’s path for under the sea there is a fire, and under the fire there is a sea”.

Moreover, there is extravagance in ship cruises like the high prices of tickets etc.; there is putting one’s life on the threshold of death; wasting of time; sacrificing of other important activities etc.  

وعن عبد الله بن عمرو قال قال رسول الله لا تركب البحر بصيغة النهي للمخاطب خطابا عاما وفي بعض النسخ بالنفي وهو بمعنى النهي إلا حاجا أو معتمرا أو غازيا فيسبيل الله قال القاضي يريد أن العاقل لا ينبغي أن يلقي نفسه إلى المهالك وبوقعه مواقع الأخطار إلا لأمر ديني يتقرب به إلى الله تعالى ويحسن بذل النفس فيه وإيثاره على الحياة 

(مرقاة المفاتيح٣٨٣٨)

“An intelligent person would not consider it appropriate by placing his life into destruction, accept in matters of deen by which he could gain close proximity to Allah E”.

Based on the above, we find that there is even a difference of opinion from Ulama concerning going for Haj by ship. When that is the case, we can well imagine their ruling concerning a ship cruise wherein there is danger upon danger and harm upon harm. 

Allamah Faqih Faqeeh Abul laith Samarqandi r mentions:

الفقيه أبو الليث السمرقندي من أنه إذا كان الغالب السلامة ففرض عليه يعني وإلا فهو مخير وأما قوله تعالى ولا تلقوا بأيديكم إلى التهلكة البقرة أي لا توقعوا أنفسكم في الهلاك فمحمول على ما إذا لم يكن هناك غرض شرعي وأمر ديني

“If one is sure that travelling by sea is safe then only is Haj compulsory on him, or else he has a choice to remain behind…”

 Allamah Abu Bakr Raazi Aljassas

وفي قوله تعالى والفلك التي تجري في البحر بما ينفع الناس دلالة على إباحة ركوب البحر غازيا وتاجرا ومبتغيا لسائر المنافع إذ لم يخص ضربا من المنافع دون غيره 

(أحكام القرآن1/128)

 “One could travel if one is going for Haj, Umrah, Jihad or travelling by sea to earn a halaal livelihood”

 Allamah Khalil Ahmed Saharapuri:

وفي زماننا السفن الدخانية الكبار لا خطر فيها، وفيها السلامة غالبًا، فلا يمنع البحر وجوب الحج و لا وجوب أدائه.
(بذل المجهود)

“In our times there is no danger in the huge steamships, it is generally safe to travel in them; therefore, it will not obstruct the obligation of haj”. 

Going for boat rides, jet skiing: Since there isn’t any concealment of Satr, and there is fear of transgressing the laws of shariah, like is the condition nowadays; it will be best to abstain. Places that offer boat rides and jet skiing etc. aren’t free from nudity, intermingling of sexes and wastage of
one’s wealth etc.

Checked and Approved By:

Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.

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