Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
The words “staying home” have a very negative and narrow connotation. Rather, we should be discussing how to create a women’s/mothers world. In Muslim lands, this naturally occurs, i.e. your neighbors and such. However, in the West, it needs to be created. Muslim women are going out of their homes, with their children or alone, to each others homes, to the Masjid, to schools, etc. and they are creating their own space, their own safe environments. For many, just staying at home can lead to depression, anger and resentment, with can lead to harm of the children and a bad disposition towards the husband. Also, children need to interact with other children, preferably Muslim, and so you need to venture out. There have been posts concerning the importance of allowing women to go to the masjid for learning, but it has to be broader than that. The masjids are not always welcoming to women, let alone mothers coming with their children. Can you please discuss this in light of the Shariah.
Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
You make a good (and very pertinent) point. It returns to the vital importance of having strong, well-knit communities, linked by family, religious, and social ties. Only in and through such communities can we sustain and strengthen our faith and practice meaningfully.
The sort of going out’ entailed by what you referred to as a women’s/mother’s world’ is not blameworthy. Rather, when within the bounds of moderation, it is necessary for the emotional and spiritual health of all involved.