RULING ON WORKING IN A PLACE WHERE THERE ARE WOMEN – SHAIKH IBN UL-UTHAYMEEN
Question: If a man is in a land in which it is difficult for him to work in a place where their is no women, since many women work in this land. So what is the ruling of this work because the fields which the women are in are most departments? Should I leave it?
Answer: “If it is possible for him to work in a place where their is no women, then let him leave this place which has women and work there. If it is not possible for him and he needs work, then he works and is eager in staying away from women and lowers his gaze.
فَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُمْ
So keep your duty to Allah and fear Him as much as you can [64:16]
If we are in, for example, a land where women go out showing their bodies and are adorned, can we say: Do not go out for prayer because the market is full of these women? No. Do we say: Do not go out to get the needs of the house? No. If you need to work in this place in which there is women and you can not find other than it and you are in need of money, then work and be eager is staying away from women and lower your gaze”.
[Taken from: http://shamela.ws/browse.php/book-7687/page-2311#page-3766 ]
Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan