Education and working of Women
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I totally agree with what you have mentioned in your reply to Re: Question No. 295-1862: Education and working women, however, if you can also throw some light on the cautions and limits to be observed by muslim women while working, specially when they may at places be required to work along with men.
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Education and working of Women
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Your Question: however, if you can
also throw some light on the cautions and limits to be observed by muslim women while working,
specially when they may at places be required to work along with men.
In the approved way of life called Al-Islam, Allah Subhanah has laid all the financial responsibilities absolutely and unconditionally on the man; as a father, as a husband, as a son, etc. It is the mans responsibility in Islam to provide for those under his guardianship.
In the same approved way of life called Al-Islam, Allah Subhanah has laid equally, if not more important responsibilities on the woman according to her nature, which complement and complete the sacred institution of life; as a mother, as a wife, and as a daughter, etc.
The All Knowing, All Wise Lord has laid down the responsibilities of each gender according to the nature in which He Created them. If one tries to take over the responsibilities of the other, chances are one may compromise his own duties and responsibilities that are laid upon him. Only when each person recognizes his own nature in which he was created, and acts according to its nature fulfilling his due responsibilities and duties to the best of his ability; will there come a righteous and complete society in existence.
We see in todays modern-educated-but ungodly world, how the nature and mentality of mankind is challenged when the ignorant people try to make the man and the woman compete on the same turf, rather than complement and complete each other to create harmony and peace in society.
In the ungodly world today, where the accumulation of wealth, or position, or status, or fame have become the criteria of success; the ignorant and ungodly people have paid little attention or belittled the other very very important aspect of life called family and relations and harmony. These ignorant and ungodly people have tried to glamorize the role and responsibility of one gender, and on the other hand tried to demean and degrade the all important role of the other; thus resulting in an utter chaos and unfair competition within the sexes, rather than the mission of completion of the structure called life.
Although Islam does not discourage the believing woman from working for financial gains in the world, it lays great importance in the preservation of the sacred bond of family harmony. The one thing that Islam absolutely discourages is the free-mixing of the sexes, as that is one thing in the sight of the All Knowing, All Wise Lord that lays the root of the destruction of the sacred bond of family in society.
Thus the conditions that Islam lays on a believing working woman, who sincerely fears Allah and the Last Day, are:
She must strictly practice the concept of hijaab when in the presence of non-mehram men.
She must not engage in casual or non-essential talk with the non-mehram members of the opposite sex, but always talk straight business talk.
She must never ever encourage or come to a situation where she meets a non-mehram man in private.
Except for the practice of hijaab, the other laws also strictly apply to the believing men, where they must not engage in casual or non-essential talk with a non-mehram woman, or ever try to meet a non-mehram woman in private.
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 3118 Narrated by Umar ibn al-Khattab
The Prophet (saws) said, "Whenever a man is alone with a (non-mehram) woman, the Devil makes a third."
If the believing woman can adhere to the above principles, there is absolutely no harm in her seeking the bounties of Allah Subhanah in the world, if she wishes or needs to do so.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,