Women Working


Madad ya Mawlana! Bismillah Ir-Rehman Ir-Raheem.


I want to know the spiritually correct position on women working, as I believe certain aspects of fiqh can be confirmed from spiritual knowledge. Therefore, I wanted to know what is the correct position regarding women working outside the home, especially as held by Mawlana? When is it permissible? When is it not?


Women can work but under certain conditions:

1. She is in need to make money
2. Her job is to be suited to the nature of woman
3. She should be in the company of women
4. She can not be led to a situation to neglect looking after her house and family

Mawlana holds the view that a working woman brings more money but less barakah (blessings). Surat al-Yusuf is full of advice for women to keep themselves busy with doing what is beneficial rather than being idle.

Imam Senad Agic
Head Imam (IABNA)
The Islamic Association of Bosniaks in North America
American Islamic Center – Chicago

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