Thursday, August 16, 2012

Does Islam establish gender roles for women? Part 1

I will give four fatwas on this, showing how it is not a woman's duty to be a housewife or stay at home. This is for the husband and wife to discuss and decide. It's quite saddening how many Muslims say a woman's place is to be at home.

Starting with the first fatwa:


Salaam, Ok so I listened to Amir Liyakat Hussein say its not a woman's duty to cook for her husband as the Prophet (pbuh) frequently cooked for his wives. And let it be known I agree with this. Anyways can you give some clarification?


I am not currently aware of a Hadith where it is mentioned that the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihe Wa Sallam cooked for his family but it is certainly true that the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihe Wa Sallam always helped his family in the household work.
It is not the wife's duty by Islamic law to cook for the family but with mutual understanding the husband and wife work together the make the family a happy and successful family by sharing the responsibilites and by dividing the jobs also.
And Allah knows best.
Fatwa Center of America
10 Jumada-al Ukhra 1432/ May 14 2011

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