Q: I am a married woman having a 16 month baby. My father wants me to do job in an English medium Muslim school. But I don’t want to do the job as the duty is tough and the pay is less and I will not be able to attend to my child. What should I do? Is it right for me to do a job in an Islamic way? Or should I deny my father’s will? Please answer me what Islam says.
A: Shari’ah commands that women remain within the confines of their homes. Without a valid Shar’ee need, women should not leave their homes. The environment of the workplace is an anti-Islamic environment where intermingling of men and women freely take place and the laws of Shariah (in regard to hijaab, etc) are violated. It is not at all correct for women to be found in such environments. It is however permissible for women to earn a halaal livelihood while remaining within the confines of their homes on condition that the laws of hijaab are not violated and it does not infringe upon the rights of the husband.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)