ruling regarding women trading
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What is the ruling regarding a woman who trades (i.e. goes
into business), whilst either in travel or residence?
In principle, it is permissible for both men and women to
trade whilst either in travel or in residence, for the general
statement of Allaah:
has permitted trading and forbidden ribaa}, [Soorah
the saying of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu
`alayhe wa sallam) when asked: What trade is best? He
work which a man does with his own hands and all acceptable
that which is confirmed is that when Islaam began, women used
to buy and sell in modesty and used to protect themselves
from displaying their beauty. However, if the woman's trade
requires her to reveal her beauty which Allaah has prohibited,
such as her face, travelling without a mahram
or inter-mingling with ajaanib (non-mahram)
men in a manner that may cause fitnah,
then this is not permissible for her to undertake (i.e. trade).
Rather, it is obligatory she distances herself from that,
since she is undertaking something which is haraam in striving
to attain something which is permissible.
with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and
salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu
`alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.
Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa,
'Abdul 'Azeez ibn Abdullaah ibn Baaz;
Deputy Head: Shaykh
'Abdullaah Ibn Qu'ood
Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-'Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa.
- Volume 13, Page 20, Fatwa No.15901