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Islamically should I work after marriage?


Assalam o alaikum,
I’m a working women and getting married next week. I hear bayan that a women should not come out unnecessarily when the husband earns well, more over, I too want be a at home after marriage and practice and create a Islamic environment at home, I feel i’m getting away from salah and other Islamic duties and practices due to my work, but my husband says that he wants me to work not for money but just to keep myself busy and specifically go out to work, please suggest What should I do.


Wa Alaykumussalam

Thank you for your query.

Wife can work if she can fulfill her marital responsibilities and take care of the house even if the husband earns good. It is not Haram according to Islamic laws. If you want to work you have to be careful of non-mahram and other Haram stuff but in general you can work if you take care of your responsibilities as a wife. You and your husband can have a mutual understanding about this issue. If you both feel that the husband is earning enough to run a house and you are getting away from Islam or Wajibat such as Salah, then it would be better to focus on your Islamic responsibilities (especially Waajibats) and look over house work. If you decide to work, make sure you give importance to Salah as much as possible and other Wajib acts. You can take a break for Salah or pray in your break time. Whatsoever happens, give importance to Salah and Wajibaat.

According to Ayatullah al-Udhma Sayyid Ali Sistany:

Ruling 2430. It is unlawful for a woman in a permanent marriage to leave the house without the permission of her husband even if this does not infringe on his rights, except in the following cases: [i] a necessity requires her to; [ii] staying in the house causes her hardship (ḥaraj); [iii] the house is not appropriate for her. Also, she must submit to giving her husband sexual pleasure, which is his right, whenever he wishes. She must also not prevent him from having sexual intercourse with her without a legitimate excuse (ʿudhr). It is obligatory on a husband to provide his wife with food, clothing, housing, and other things that she needs. If he does not provide these for her, irrespective of whether he is able to or not, he will be indebted to her. Furthermore, one of the rights of a wife is that her husband must not subject her to harassment or abuse, and he must not treat her in a harsh or rough manner without a legitimate reason.

Ruling 2432. A man has no right to compel his wife to do housework.

May Allah(swt) grant you success


Syed Haider