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Hijab and job.

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I am a lecturer in co-educational institution.Most often I have to stand infront of the guys and discussion with the students regarding subject.I am wearing a losefitting chdidar with scarf,it is not attractive ,not transparent ,I use to show my face & hands till wrist infront of others.

As per islamic rules & regulation am i allowed to continue the job ? or quiet it ? Brother/Sis I need clear explantion regarding Hijab & Job ?.



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Hijab and job

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 24 Surah Noor verses 30-31:

30 Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.

31 And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands' fathers, their sons, their husbands' sons, their brothers, or their brothers' sons, or their sisters' sons, or their women, or the slaves whom their right hands possess, or male servants free of physical needs, or small children who have no sense of the shame of sex; and that they should not strike their feet in order to draw attention to their hidden ornaments. And O ye Believers! Turn ye all together towards Allah that ye may attain Bliss.


Although Islam has laid the complete and total financial responsibility of running the house and the family on the shoulders of the man, Islam does not at all forbid or prohibit the believing woman from working and earning, if she desires to do so; provided she fulfills the rights that are due from her to her husband and her family in full, scrupulously honors the Commands of the ‘hijaab’ and guarding her chastity, and the work itself does not violate any of the dictates of the deen.


The exact same conditions that apply for a believing man who works and earns, would also apply to the believing woman who desires to work and earn:

  1. The nature of the job or work must be lawful in its essence (cannot deal in the unlawful like wine, prostitution, gambling, etc.)
  2. When dealing or inter-acting with non-mehram members of the opposite sex, one does so in a strictly business-like manner, and they strive to scrupulously guard their chastity and modesty.


Thus in essence, as long as the duty and tenets that Islam has laid upon the believing woman is not violated by her time and energy spent on her work, there is absolutely no harm and no restriction in a believing woman working and earning.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your brother and well wisher in Islam,






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