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Muslim Women in the workforce

His eminence ash-Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (rahimahullah) was asked: What is the field of permissible work that the Muslim woman can do without opposing the teachings of her religion?

Answer: The field of work that the Muslim woman can partake in is that which is specific to women such as her working as a teacher for young girls whether that kind of work is in administration or in a vocational position, or working in her home as a seamstress sewing women’s clothing and other similar trades, as for her working in those fields that are specific to men then that is not permissible as it demands that she intermingle with men and this is a great tribulation that must be warned against, one must know that the Prophet (peace & blessings of Allah be upon him) established this saying:

“I have not left after me any tribulation more harmful upon the men than women and the tribulation of the children of Israel was their women.”

So a person must keep his family away from the places of trials and tribulations and away from what causes trials and tribulations in every circumstance.

Fataawaa ash-Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen volume 2 number 837
Translated by Aboo ‘Imraan al-Mekseekee

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