Women going out to work due to necessity

Q: My brother was the breadwinner of our home and he passed away. As I am the eldest child, I have to go out and earn money for our family, even though I am a woman. I have taken a job where I am forced to interact with males. What should I do?


A: The correct place for a woman to be is within the confines of her home. Without a valid need, she should not leave her home. This is safer for her Deen as well as her self-respect and chastity. The corporate environment where women are seen rubbing shoulders with strange men and interacting freely with them is a totally anti-Islamic environment. You should make an effort to generate an income from within the home to support the family. If you cannot do so for some reason, despite trying, you will be excused. However, you should ensure that you do not mix with males or talk to them casually. You should continue to make istighfaar and observe all the laws of hijaab while out of the home.

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

وَ قَرنَ فِی بُیُوتِکُنَّ وَلَا تَبَرَّجنَ تَبَرُّجَ الجَاهلِیَّة الاُولٰی وَ اَقِمنَ الصَّلٰوةَ وَ اٰتِينَ الزَّکٰوةَ وَاَطِعنَ اللّٰه وَرَسُولَه ؕ اِنَّمَا یُرِیدُ اللّٰهُ  لِیُذهبَ عَنکُمُ الرِّجسَ اَهلَ البَیتِ وَ یُطَهرَکُم تَطهِیرًا (الأحزاب 33)

عن علي رضي الله عنه أنه كان عند النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال أي شيء خير للمرأة فسكتوا قال فلما رجعت قلت لفاطمة أي شيء خير للنساء قالت لا يرين الرجال ولا يرونهن فذكرت ذلك للنبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال إنما فاطمة بضعة مني (كنز العمال، الرقم: 46012، مسند البزار، الرقم: 526)

فروع استأجر امرأته لتخبز له خبزا للأكل لم يجز (الدر المختار 6/62)

قال العلامة ابن عابدين رحمه الله (قوله لم يجز) لأن هذا العمل من الواجب عليها ديانة لأن النبي قسم الأعمال بين فاطمة وعلي فجعل عمل الداخل على فاطمة وعمل الخارج على علي (رد المحتار 6/62)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)