Hijab is extremely important for women. The daughters of the Ummah can adorn themselves with religious and worldly education and reform the society, outwardly and inwardly. They can follow the Hijab to the letter and perform social services as well within the guidelines provided by the Shariah. There is a Hadith in Sahih Bukhari:
In the first era of Islam, the venerable Sahabiyyaat (female Sahabah) of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) would treat the injured in times of war and provide water to the ill and perform such tasks.
The daughters of the Ummah can acquire not only religious but also worldly education and can equip themselves with all kinds of skills. In fact, one section/group should specialize in medicine in women’s diseases, so that there is no need to turn to others.
If a lady practices complete Hijab, fulfills her responsibility in the best manner and with the husband’s permission, wants to work somewhere, then the Shariah permits it. There is a Hadith in Sahih Bukhari:
Translation of Hadith: Allah Ta’ala has permitted you women to step out of your houses for your needs. (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 2, Pg. No. 788, Hadith No. 5237)
There is another Hadith in Sahih Bukhari:
Translation of Hadith: It has been narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Rabee’ Bin Mau’ood (May Allah be well pleased with her), she says that along with the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam), we would provide drinking water, take care of the injured and take the martyrs towards Madina. (Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 1, Kitab Ul Jihad, Pg. No. 403)