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Can a wife work without her husband’s consent in Islam?

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Assalam U Alikum,I am working in Dubai and my wife went to India for delivery of Child in April 2008 and after Allah gave the child she came back to Dubai in Sep 2008.Now she has become sick and i dropped her back in India and she started making baseless and false allegations against me. During my stay in India i most of the time when to her in Hospital but she did not talk or respond in nice or proper way nor to me nor my parents.Now few days back i came to know that she has been appointed as lecturer for which she applied in July 2008 and she did not apply after my knowledge and permission.Please let me know does Islam permit woman to apply and go for job without husbands permission and knowledge.Since i am in Dubai and she is now in India and is reluctant to come to Dubai by makng useless excuses.So what is in best way to deal with it as per Islamic Law.As when we married i was working in Dubai and before marriage i already informed her that either job in Dubai for you but never in India.Please suggest the fatwa for this is wife goes for job without Husbands permission.


(Fatwa: 691/581=D/1430)

The husband will have to pay the maintenance of wife. If the husband is ready to give maintenance or he is already giving it, then the wife does not need to do a job, she is not allowed to work without the permission of husband. You should keep her with you in Dubai, it will be better.  

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.

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