Working as airhostess
Nowadays, the willingness of women to work as an air-hostess is increasing.
Does the Shariah allow this?
While working as an airhostess, a woman has to serve food and drinks to the passengers. For the following reasons, working as an airhostess is not permissible for Muslim women:
1. Mostly, for airhostesses, the clothes are indecent.
2. Talking/interacting/mixing with men is unavoidable.
3. The whole job is itself in a journey, although the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) has prohibited from traveling with a non-Mahram, as given in the Hadith in Sahih Bukhari:
Translation: It has been narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abdullah Bin Umar (May Allah be well pleased with them) that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: No woman should travel for a distance of more than 3 days’ worth without a Mahram. (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith No. 1024)
If it is possible to do this job following the rules of the Purdah as decreed by the Shariah, avoiding mixing with men and along with a Mahram, then there is an allowance for it provided the women only serve women and don’t mix with men. Otherwise, this job itself is a mixture of many sins.
Everyone who is knowledgeable about Sharee’ah knows that it is forbidden and a great evil for a Muslim woman to work as an air hostess in an airline company. This is not because the precise work that she does, like providing food and cleaning, is forbidden, but it is because this work includes many acts of disobedience to Allaah, like hostesses not wearing an Islamic dress; rather, they dress in an indecent and improper manner as it is known from them. There is no doubt that not wearing Hijaab is forbidden by the Book of Allaah, the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) and the consensus of the scholars may Allaah have mercy upon them.
Salary is Not Lawful For Her :
Even if an air hostess covers her hair and wears Hijaab and she does not serve intoxicants, she cannot avoid mixing, touching and shaking hands with non-Mahram men, and all this is forbidden. In addition to this, her travel without a Mahram is also forbidden.
Since her work is forbidden, the salary that she earns from such a job is from a void contract and it [salary] is not lawful for her and it is not permissible for her to own it; rather she should spend it on the general welfare of the Muslims, especially the poor and the destitute. Nonetheless, she is only entitled to the salary of someone who does the same job like her for the permissible work that she does, like serving water and helping the passengers and the like. As regards what remains from that salary, it is ill-gotten money because it comes from a void contract, and it is in return for providing forbidden services.
If she performs Hajj with this ill-gotten money, then the majority of the scholars may Allaah have mercy upon them are of the view that whoever performs Hajj with ill-gotten money, he will be exempted from the obligation (of performing) Hajj again although he is sinful for consuming that ill-gotten money.