Can Muslim Women Work in Media?

03 October, 2020
Q Dear scholars, as-salamu `alaykum. I was working in a radio station as the host of a show, but my fiancé stopped me from doing that. I have left that media job although it was fulfilling my requirements to some extent, and I wanted to do the job. My question is: Does Islam prohibit working in the media? Jazakum Allah khayran.

Answer

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

Media is merely a means that can be used to reach good goals and noble objectives, or to spread corruption and evil thoughts. Thus, the ruling on Muslim women’s work in this field varies from one case to another. It depends on the nature of this work and the role you play in it.


In responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states;

Working in Media

Radio, television, newspaper, video, etc. are all forms of media. So, like all media, they cannot be either haram or halal by themselves. For such a judgment will depend on the purpose they are used for. If they are used for promoting truth, justice, ethics and morals, etc., they are considered noble.

In such cases, it may fall under the category of obligatory or recommended or simply permissible.

On the other hand, if they are used for promoting vices, corruption, loose morals, permissiveness, hedonism, they are forbidden.

So, you must ask yourself the question: What kind of a job are you undertaking and what is your role in it? Are you being used as an instrument of sowing corruption and vices in society, or are you being used as an instrument of promoting good, contributing beneficial things to society?

If the latter is the case, you should try to stick to this job unless it interferes with your other far more important duties in religion or duties as a spouse.

Almighty Allah knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.