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Question By : ammatummin imaaa illah!

bismihi ta'ala sha'nuh
assalaamu alaikum w.w.
i know that as females we r not supposed to work if our husband works but i want to work(from home not going out)because i hate asking anybody for anything especially money even my parents(i find it very hard)i would rather stay hungry etc but never ask someone for if only my husband works then obviuosly i will either HAVE to ask him for money which i can never do or just satay without evry thing i need which is impossible too please help i'm really REALLY worried jazakallahu khairan


Reply By : Mohd. Shihabuddin Qasmi
Designation : Mufti, ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

In the name of Allah, All Gracious, All Merciful
Wa Alaikumussalam
Dear Sister in Islam,

The answer to your question is as follows:

Islam has divided the responsibly of man and woman. The husband is responsible for outdoor duties such as earning livelihoods and looking after political and social affairs when the wife is responsible for domestic duties such as looking after house affairs and nourishing children. The Prophet of Islam (SWS) is reported as having said, ¡°Surely! Every one of you is a guardian and responsible for his charges: The Imam (ruler) of the people is a guardian and responsible for his subjects; a man is the guardian for his family (household) and responsible for his subjects; a woman is the guardian for her husband¡¯s home and of his children and is responsible for them; and the slave of a man is guardian of his master¡¯s property and is responsible for it. Surely, every one of you is a guardian and responsible for his charges¡±. (Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Hadith No. 252) Therefore, women are not dependent on men for their expenses, as some people think. But the duties have been divided as per the ability. Thus, it is compulsory for your husband to provide you what you need. But if you want to work from home in order to support your husband financially then you are permitted to do with the consent of your husband provided that the work is not in line with Islamic teachings and there is no possibility of mingling with strangers.

And Allah knows the best,

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