A Muslim Woman Working as a Housemaid

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Firstly, we’d like to advise anyone in a foreign land to hasten up with the process of getting the legal documents of his/her residence so that s/he would not expose him/herself to legal penalties.

Dr. Rajab Abu Maleeh, a Shari`ah consultant to IslamOnline.net, stated,

“If woman was not obliged to leave her country for any cause, such as expulsion from her country, or had to leave for educational reasons and the like, then she does not fall under the rulings of necessity. Also, a Muslim woman is not allowed to serve as a maid in a non-Muslim’s house. It is not proper because the house or the job may warrant some prohibited acts, such as being alone with men and the fear of any sexual assault among others, hence she should find another one. 

However, if a Muslim woman had to leave her country for any reason, such as the ones we mentioned earlier, then we say that she is temporarily allowed to have that kind of job until she finds another one. Despite, she needs to beware of the following things: i. Do not be alone with men. ii. Try to keep away from alcohol beverages in any way because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Allah has cursed alcohol, the one who drinks it, the one who pours it, the one who sells it, the one who buys it, the one who squeezes (the grapes, etc), the one for whom it is squeezed, the one who carries it and the one to whom it is carried.” (Abu Dawud). She can ask the employer to excuse her from dealing with alcohol. iii. Being a female in a foreign country, there should be no expected violation or aggression of any kind towards her.

Finally, we still emphasise that she finds another proper job or maintains the kind of job, but with a Muslim family to evade these dangers. Supplicate to Allah to help you find another job and be ascertained that Allah will surely help you. May Allah guide all of us to absolute success!