What’s best for the Woman: Studying or Fulfilling her Homely Duties?

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficient, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, companions and all those who follow them in goodness until the day of Return. As for what follows;

Question: What is best for the muslim woman to do; fulfill her household duties and the needs of her husband or devote herself to seeking knowledge while getting a maid to undertake those responsibilities?

Sheikh Dr. Saalih al-Fouzaan, may Allaah protect him, answers: “Yes, it is obligatory upon the muslim woman to gain an understanding in her religion as much as she can. However attending to the needs of her husband and being obedient to him and cultivating her children upon good is a tremendous obligation. Therefore she must make time everyday for studying even it be for a short time while the rest of the time is for her everyday duties. She shouldn’t leave off gaining an understanding in the religion nor does she leave off her responsibilities around the house or her children and put them upon the maid. She must be just in this affair by making time for studying and reading even if its a short amount of time and likewise time for her household duties that is sufficient for them.”

Source: http://ar.islamway.net/fatwa/10457

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About Abu Fouzaan Qaasim
American student studying in the Islaamic University of Medinah from Chester,PA.

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