Are Muslim Women Allowed to Work

CategoriesWomen's Issues [244]

Fatwa ID: 04209

Answered by: Shaykh Ahmed bin Mohamed Umarji



I want to ask a question that is very important for my future and of course as a Muslim. If for example, I want to be a cop or nurse there are any restrictions or something? Because I know as being a Muslim woman, we cannot touch the opposite gender we are not related to or married to. Also, I live in Spain, which is a place where Islam is not the central religion of the country. In that case, I think there would be a restriction with clothes.


بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful




Muslim women are allowed to work if needed so long as they follow the guidelines of Islam.[1]


The guidelines that should be adhered to:

  1. She must adhere to the laws of hijab.[2]
  2. She should not talk to the opposite gender more than needed.
  3. She should always refrain from being secluded with a non-mahram.[3]



Only Allah knows best

Written by Shaykh Ahmed bin Mohamed Umarji

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham




[1] Fatawa Darul Uloom Zakariyya, Page 219, Volume 7, Zam Zam Publisher


[2]Sahih al-Bukhari 146


[3]Sunan At-Tirmidhi Hadith 2165.



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