Is figure skating haram?
I'm 14 years old and I love figure skating. I only feel at home when I'm on ice. To me, it's a sport and it helps my mind relax...
it's not dance or trying to attract guys (it's not like guys even come to watch figure skating). My dad doesn't understand this. He thinks if I spin or do a jump, it's not sport, I'm certainly trying to be sexy.
It doesn't even make sense! I wear modest clothes, long shirt with loose pants and hijab (NOT a tight short dress) and I never even perform. I never even do tests because my dad thinks the judges (usually all women) will be attracted to me or something.
He says I can't buy new skates or take lessons this year because if I wanted to do sport I could just skate around the rink without lifting my leg or spinning or jumping. But it's not the same. Plain skating is barely even fun, it's like walking but easier.
The only males who could possibly see me are the coach (they're getting a new one this year though... hopefully a woman) and one male student who is gay anyways. Or a father of a student could come to pick them up and happen to see me walking off the ice or carrying my skates.
I love skating and clearly have a talent for it. Gymnastics and figure skating are the only sports I like, and I can't do gymnastics because there are boys in it. Now I can't figure skate. My dad keeps complaining that I don't exercise enough, but he just doesn't realize that I'm not a soccer player or weight-lifter. I'm a figure skater.
Is he right? If not, what can I do to change his mind?
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