Woman Working Online from Home in Western Countries
Fatwa No: 445360

Question

Assalamualikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu. What is the ruling on men working with women from western countries via online i.e work from home? I think the women there sexualize their voice which may seem normal to them. There could be group meetings, face to face meetings etc. Jazakallahu Khair.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

It is permissible for a woman to work from her home through the Internet if this work is permissible, and the woman can perform her household duties towards her husband and her children if she is married.

If she needs to deal with male colleagues in the company or attend a meeting directly or through the Internet, she must abide by the Islamic conditions, such as seeking the husband’s permission when needed to go out and adhering to the Hijaab, avoiding forbidden mixing and so on, and not soften her voice in a way that leads to temptation. So, she should speak normally, and the voice of a woman is not an ‘Awrah in principle according to the most preponderant opinion of the scholars.

For more benefit that a woman’s voice is not an ‘Awrah, please refer to Fataawa 246091, 263791, 84462, 82218 and 83899.

Allah knows best.

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