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Q: I would like advise pertaining to the fact that I am in niqaab and have been working for the past 15 years. Its been four years now since I started wearing purdah. I have stopped working now since 2 months. The reason why I left was I was just not happy at the company I worked at. But since I
left its been so difficult for us financially as we cannot manage with just my husbands income. I am now two minded about actually going back to work. I am confused. Please advise on what I should do.


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.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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