Can Muslim women do government or private jobs? Shall their salary be halal or haram?

Q:

Can Muslim women do government or private jobs? Shall their salary be halal or haram?

A:

This question should never arise. Islam does not discriminate between men and women. Allah says, {So their Lord answered them, “I shall not let the work of any worker among you, male or female, be in vain; each of you is like the other.} (Aal Imran 3:195)

And, {Men have the portion they have earned; and women the portion they have earned, you should rather ask God for some of His bounty: He has full knowledge of everything.} (An-Nisaa 4:32)

So, there is no reason for us to differentiate between men and women regarding such matters.

The litmus test or criterion for choosing a job should be whether the work is halal or haram and whether it is sanctioned by Allah and contributes to society’s welfare. If the work does not belong to the above category and contributes to corruption and vice and exploitation, then neither men nor women can go for it. If they do, the income they earn becomes pure filth, and they will have to bear the consequences in this world and the next.

Almighty Allah Knows best.

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