Fatawa

The Ruling on a Woman Going Out to Work – Shaikh Abdul-Muhsin al-‘Abbad

Question: How do we reconcile between the statement of Allah :

وَقَرْنَ فِي بُيُوتِكُنَّ

And stay in your houses [33:33]

And between the Hadith:

اخْرُجِي فَجُدِّي نَخْلَكِ لَعَلَّكِ أَنْ تَصَدَّقِي وَتَفْعَلِي مَعْرُوفًا ‏

Go out and take the harvest of your date palms, for perhaps you will give Zakah or do some good (give voluntary charity).

[Sunan Nasaai 3550]

Because some people use that as evidence for a woman to go out to work without a need?

Answer: “As long as she is the owner of the palm tree and she has a need to take it and there is none to take her place, then there is no harm in a woman going out for this necessity. Also, there is no harm in her going out for a need. Like a woman working at a school or as an employee between women in an environment of women. There is no harm in this work and going out. She is only going out practicing her religion, with modesty, far from everything that is not justified for her to be described with while she is outside of her house. Not in terms of clothing, scent, or anything that will influence and arouse the desires of men and move the desire of those whose are foolish and have a sickness in their heart.

[As for ] His statement:

وَقَرْنَ فِي بُيُوتِكُنَّ

And stay in your houses [33:33]

That is: remain in the houses. So they [the wives of the Prophet] remained in the houses, however they use to go out for a need and necessity”.
[Sharh Sunan Nasaai no. 516]

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan

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