Question

Nowadays we see that Muslim women are being urged to work even if it involves working with non-mahram men. Is this earning considered Halaal or should it be considered Haraam as it is earned doing a sin according to Islam? What should be told to those parents who ask or force their daughters to work under such conditions?

Answer

May Allah bless you with piety (Taqwa) and purity, strong emaan, forgiveness of sins, have mercy on you, elevate your status, and bless you with knowledge of Deen and generosity, Ameen! The Muslim Ummah regards you as an obedient daughter, a respected sister and a dignified woman in Islam!

We should keep in mind that Allah, through his infinite mercy, has not placed any financial responsibilities on a female, whether a mother,daughter or wife. Financial responsibilities are on the males, as a husband, father or son.

However Islam has not stopped a female from having an income. If you have a talent in, example: cooking and baking, dressmaking, or looking after children, you could earn an income in the relaxed atmosphere of your home.
In the States many Muslim women are working from home and they earn a substantial income, which is all their own. Even after having a good income, Islam does not ask them to spend on anyone.

The example of Ummul momineen Khadeeja (R.A) comes to mind. She inherited the business of her father and having no males to look after it, she did so herself. She had people working for her and, in fact, this is how she heard about the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)and struck by his honesty and integrity, she sent a proposal to him!

As Muslims, we are very fortunate to be the followers of such Deen which is complete and comprehensive. In our daily lives we ought to be cautious of how we interact and socialize with people, but there are certain rules
which must be followed strictly in order to repel any attacks of Shaitaan. When Allah forbids a Muslim from doing something it is often to stop other sins that may result from this sin.

Though sitting with ghair-mahrams (those whom one can marry) may seem like an action with no shame, no thought of sin, but in reality, it is such small actions that may lead to larger sins such as zina (fornication). In a Hadith, Prophet Muhammad Sallalaho Alaihi Wasalam said, "when two
non-mahrams sit together, the third is shaitaan between them."
[Sunan al-Tirmidhiy (Hadith 2165), verified authentic by Imaam al-Tirmidhiy.]

Lastly, I would like to mention that she could talk about her concerns to parents and communicate with them. Tell them about her concern and take their suggestions as well.

[Editor's note]:
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In Islam, a sister is regarded as a treasure, preserving her modesty and chastity. Allah likes those who can control their desires and do not go close to any sin.

http://www.islameasy.org/pdf/Hijab_newEdition2.pdf

Kindly read the Hijab book and share with your sisters.
This is the best way to protect the purity of sisters. http://www.islameasy.org/hijab.php

How observing Hijab brings piety and purity in society? How leaving Hijab leads to sins and shamelessness? A must-read for every Muslim home. A definitive guide which present the Quranic verses and hadith on the subject, along with the opinions of scholars who are closest to the path
of righteousness, so that those seeking the life of piety may find guidance. This book is for Muslim sisters who ask: "What is the proper and best way I can practice hijab, as it was practiced by the Prophet's community?"

Kindly review this article:
Status of Woman in Islam http://www.islameasy.org/K225_WomenInIslam.php

May Allah guide us to the right path, Aameen!

And Allah knows best.

Ask Alimah Team

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