Praise be to Allaah.
The choice facing our sister is a choice between what is right and what
is wrong, between what is halaal and what is haraam.
Hence we can only advise our sister to protect the best thing that she
possesses, which is her religion and chastity, and to stay with her family so as to
protect herself and be among those who will protect her. Perhaps Allaah will make it easy
for her to find work that is acceptable according to sharee’ah, and a righteous
husband. We give her the glad tidings of the hadeeth of the Prophet
(peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him): “Whoever gives up something for the sake of Allaah, Allaah
will compensate him with something better than that.” (Classed as saheeh by
Shaykh al-Albaani – may Allaah have mercy on him – in Hijaab al-Mar’ah
How many brothers and sisters have left their work– even when they
were earning lots of money – leaving for the sake of Allaah after learning that the
environment they were in went against Islamic rulings, then Allaah opened many ways for
them and gave them a bountiful provision, and guided their hearts to something better than
they had been following before.
We also want to remind our sister about her parents, and tell her that
staying with them and taking care of them is much better than being apart from them. She
should not pay attention to their wishes that she should do work that is not acceptable
according to sharee’ah. Many people are keen for worldly things, and they do not pay
attention to the forbidden and objectionable things that may surround the work their
daughters and sons do.
Striving for the purpose of this transient world at the expense of
one’s religion is not something that we accept for our sisters or daughters, or for
the sister who is asking this question.
You should not pay any attention to the fact that this is an
international company or that the salary is tempting. That does not mean anything if it
also brings the wrath of Allaah. It is bad enough that you are with non-mahram men at
work, let alone that you are in a country where there are no Muslims. Moreover, you may
have to travel without a mahram to the kuffaar countries and stay among them. You may be
living in a house on your own, which poses a danger to your religious commitment, your
person and your honour, as is quite obvious. The Islamic texts indicate that it is haraam
for women to mix with men, to travel without a mahram and to settle among the kuffaar.
Your idea of isolating yourself of which you speak may not last for
long, because of the many temptations and the lack of help and support. The path of evil
starts with one step, and if a person follows it, it may be difficult for him to think of
himself and his Hereafter. By the Grace of Allaah towards you, you are seeking advice and
knowledge of the Islamic rulings, so do not feel any regrets about this world. Simple
things are sufficient for the one who is content with what Allaah gives him; it is greed
that destroys taqwa and robs people of their common sense.
There is nothing to stop you from looking for work that is acceptable
according to sharee’ah, especially since some companies now employ people at home,
letting them do their work via the Internet. This may be a suitable alternative,
especially for Muslim women.
We ask Allaah to guide you to that which will be beneficial for you,
and to protect your religious commitment, for He is the One Who is the Guardian of that
and is Able to do that. May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad.
And Allaah knows best.