There is no doubt that Islam has praised women and
protected her from anything that could harm her in any way and Islam also
preserved her rights in inherence and prohibited killing her in her infancy
moreover, made her opinion one of the main things that make the marriage valid.
So, what about work? What does Islam say about working women?
Islam and working women:
To begin with this matter, we should see how Prophet
Mohammed (PBUH) said or dealt with working women. The first example is Khadija
– may Allah be pleased of her – she was a businesswoman and she was working in
buying and selling goods and the Prophet (PBUH) was working for her. The second
example is Nusayba bint Ka‘b al-An?ariyya also known as (Umm Umarah) she was
fighting in battle of Uhud with the Prophet (PBUH), and also Aishah Bint Abi
Bakir she was teaching wives of Sahabah, and many other examples that show that
women could work in different fields and it was not prohibited for them to
work. So why nowadays some people say that it is prohibited for women to work?
A modern opinion of working women:
People in the present time started to say “women
should not work and they should stay in their homes because working women do
not take a good care of their children so they will be spoiled” and they
also say that “women should not work because that is not from our
culture”. That is not true because there are working women who raised
children who became leaders like the mother of Mohamed al Fateh who spread
Islam in Andalusia and as for the culture it is not always based on Islamic
legislation but rather on what people used to do for a long time that it became
In my opinion, the work of women depends on necessity
in their life because sometimes they do need to work not because they want to
but rather because they have to feed their family and their selves. At the end,
Islam is a religion that guides all human to the correct way of living and also
making their life easier and safer, and not to be used as a way to restrain people
and preventing them from doing what is useful for them.