Woman communicating with non-mahram males for work reasons

Q: I am a woman of 25 years. I have studied engineering and now doing a stay at home job in a company that works on network security. Here I have to correspond with non-mahrams to give them my work update over Slack. These chats are fully official and I try my best to keep them short and if possible avoid them sometimes. Moreover my husband has full access to these conversations. He is MashaAllah very serious about the deen and has enough protective jealousy about me. And my conversations are not very frequent. I have to give update to my boss everyday which requires on average 5-7 texts everyday and sometimes need help from other co-workers and all of them are through Slack and no video chatting and they dont even know how I look. Is my job permissible?

A: Under normal circumstances, if your husband is taking care of you then we do not recommend you taking on this type of a job where you will have to speak to men. If you are under financial constraints and you exercise maximum precaution then we will not ask you to leave the job. You have to be very careful of how you conduct yourself, and after taking precaution beg Allah's forgiveness for any discrepancy and mistake.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

 

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)