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Q: I am a female pharmacist and would like to continue this profession. Am I allowed by Shariah to go out and work?

A: A woman who is self sufficient or is being supported by her husband or family members, is not allowed to work at all. This is totally prohibited. A woman may only work if she has no husband, nor any relative who is prepared to maintain her, or if the husband is present but is unable or refuses to support her for whatever reason.

In your case, in order to keep in touch with the pharmacy profession, try working from home, without having to leave the confines of the home. Since your situations does not fall within the ambit of a Shar’ee need, it will not be permissible to go out and work.

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