Is it regarded as haram for a woman to be a fashion designer and to earn money by designing and sewing non-Islamic dresses when necessary?

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Is it regarded as haram for a woman to be a fashion designer and to earn money by designing and sewing non-Islamic dresses when necessary?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

We will give you a summary of the information related to the issue and leave it to you to reach a conclusion:

- The Quran teaches us the following:
“…Help ye one another in righteousness and piety, but help ye not one another in sin and rancor…” (al-Maida, 5/2)

- It gains a person a sin if he does something contrary to Islam.

- According to Hanafi madhhab, some things done for non-Muslims in non-Islamic countries – that are contrary to Islam - are permissible. For, that thing is in compliance to the laws of that country and hence nobody is deceived. However, the scholars of other madhhabs do not agree with this view.

- Non-Muslims can also wear the dresses designed by you; it is permissible. As for Muslims, they can wear that dress in places where it is permissible to wear them if they wish. You will not be held responsible for it.

- You can listen to the voice of your conscience and act accordingly.

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