Can a Muslim woman be a media practitioner?

Is it true that it is not advisable for Muslim women to be a medial practitioner due to the fact that their faces and voices will be seen and heard on television? Habibah El-Hassan Isah F.G.C Zaria

All praise is due to Allaah. We seek His blessings on Muhammad. The issue of profession is something that is of great importance to Muslims, especially young Muslims.' This is because it is something that has to do with their future and at this stage they are usually in the state of confusion. Sometimes the parents want them to do a course or take up a profession which they may not like or they may not be very good at.

At other instances, young people look up to someone who did a particular course and was successful with it, therefore, they want to do that same course without considering some other factors.

For a Muslim the most important thing he/she should consider is: what does Islam say about this desired profession or choice of career? Alhamdulilah, this question that has been asked is the right first step about the course that you are interested in.

With regards to whether a Muslim woman can be a media practitioner or not due to the fact that their faces and voices will be seen and heard on television, first we should know that the face and the voice of the women is not her nakedness according to the opinion of the majority of the scholars. However, there are other considerations before you choose to be a newscaster.

First, it is important for gazes to be lowered before the opposite sex. Allaah says:

 "And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things) and protect their private parts (from illegal sexual acts) and not to show their adornment except only that which is apparent ..."(Q24: 30- 31).

We fail to see how you-a female will observe this command when your face is prominent on television.

Second, we must realize that the Muslim woman is supposed to stay in her home except for a necessity. Allaah says:

“And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like the time of ignorance.” (Q 33:33).

We do not think the case of females being newscasters is a necessity. Rather, we believe male newscasters can do the job as well without the attendant fears of fitnah (trials).

Third, should the Muslim woman defy this better course of action and become a newscaster, she should not twist or manipulate her voice such that she begins to cause evil sensation in the minds of the people. She should not also apply make up to beautify her face and then appear before the people that are not mahram. This is basically what people who are newscasters do to attract listeners' attention. This obviously is not the ways of the Muslims.

In conclusion, the Muslim woman is not like any other woman who does things the way she likes; rather, she does things the way Allaah and His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) has prescribed them to be done. There are better courses of study that a Muslim woman can do that will be useful for her, her family and also the Muslims in general; such as Medicine, Nursing, education etc. And Allaah knows best.

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited


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