Channel: Faith IQ
Topics: Islam QA
Is it obligated upon a woman to be a stay at home mom? Is hiring a person to look after the child permissible? What happened during the time of the Prophet (PBUH)?
Ustadha Taimiyyah Zubair answers.
Had a woman hire a babysitter? Or should she become a stay at home mom.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam spent the first few years of his life away from his family in the tribe of the new sod. The reason was that the Arabs would send their children to the desert, because the air was better, the food was cleaner, and so the children would grow up much healthier. So this shows us that it is not wrong if children are raised by someone other than the mother. So every woman has to look at her situation, what is feasible for her? What is it that she needs to do at the given time? If she must work, or she must study, or she has certain obligations because of which she's not able to look after her children, then that's okay. As long as the children are being
taken care of, and they're not being neglected. The other thing is that a woman should be careful about who is it that is looking after the children? Is it someone who will really provide them love and attention and teach them good things and raise them in an Islamic way. So if a woman is able to spend at least some time with her children, and her children are being taken care of properly, in a good way, and there is nothing wrong if she seeks the help of other people to raise her children.