Salaam, I know many Muslim scholars who say women are allowed to work and visit friends and all, providing they're properly clothed, but what does this Quran verse mean? "O wives of the Prophet! You are not like any other women. If you keep your duty (to Allah), then be not soft in speech, lest he is whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy or evil desire for adultery, etc.) should be moved with desire, but speak in an honorable manner. And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance, and offer prayers perfectly (Iqamat-as-Salat), and give Zakat and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah wishes only to remove Ar-Rijs (evil deeds and sins, etc.) from you, O members of the family [of the Prophet (SAW)], and to purify you with a thorough purification." (Al-Ahzab 33:32-33) I know this tells women shouldn't wear attractive/provocative clothing, but what does it mean by "stay in your houses"?
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
The wives of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihe Wa Sallam were treated with an extra layer
of protection and honor as their rewards are increased as well.
Allah has addressed the mothers of believers to a higher level of commands by commanding
them to restrict themselves to their homes and not to leave the homes unnecessarily.
With regards to the rest of the believing women, if they are required to leave their homes for
work, visitation, necessities etc... then it is permissible.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Ikram ul Haq
Darul Ifta of Rhode Island
2 Ramadhan 1431/ August 12 2010