Indian clerics of Deobond respond to the query: May women work in an office?

Fatwa, posted 4.22.2010, from India, in:
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Indian clerics of Deobond respond to the query: May women work in an office?

It is permissible for women to work in an office provided they observe the full hijab and fulfill the requirements set by sharia.



[An earlier rulling dated June of 2008 by the same institution regarding the permissibility of women working in offices took a more conservative position writing: "It is not a good thing for women to do office jobs. They will have to face non-related (non-mahram) men even though they are wearing a veil. She will have to have interaction with them which is where fitnah (evil and mischiefs) begin. A father is committed to provide maintenance to his daughter and a husband is asked to provide maintenance to his wife. So, there is no need for women to do jobs which always pose harms [sic] and mischief." See question heading: 'Is it permissible for a Muslim woman to work as a translator for a tribunal?']