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Are Muslim Women Allowed to Work

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Answered by: Shaykh Ahmed bin Mohamed Umarji

Question:

I want to ask a question that is very important for my future and of course as a Muslim. If for example, I want to be a cop or nurse there are any restrictions or something? Because I know as being a Muslim woman, we cannot touch the opposite gender we are not related to or married to. Also, I live in Spain, which is a place where Islam is not the central religion of the country. In that case, I think there would be a restriction with clothes.

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Answer:

Muslim women are allowed to work if needed so long as they follow the guidelines of Islam.[1]

The guidelines that should be adhered to:

  1. She must adhere to the laws of hijab.[2]
  2. She should not talk to the opposite gender more than needed.
  3. She should always refrain from being secluded with a non-mahram.[3]

Only Allah knows best

Written by Shaykh Ahmed bin Mohamed Umarji

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 


[1] Fatawa Darul Uloom Zakariyya, Page 219, Volume 7, Zam Zam Publisher

[2]Sahih al-Bukhari 146

[3]Sunan At-Tirmidhi Hadith 2165.

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