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I would like to marry however cannot afford to do so. Can I consider the divorced maid working in my house a slave and therefore have a sexual relationship with her?
A :

Firstly, it must be understood that the correct definition of a slave is someone who was captured as a hostage during war, who was bought from a market or whose parents were slaves. The maid who works in your house is a free woman who works for you and receives a salary; therefore she is not a slave. You should treat her fairly and you should not look at her in a sinful way. If you cannot afford to marry read the following Prophetic Saying: "يَا مَعْشَرَ الشَّبَابِ‏ ‏مَنْ اسْتَطَاعَ مِنْكُمْ الْبَاءَةَ ‏فَلْيَتَزَوَّجْ فَإِنَّهُ ‏أَغَضُّ ‏لِلْبَصَرِوَأَحْصَنُ لِلْفَرْجِ وَمَنْ لَمْ يَسْتَطِعْ فَعَلَيْهِ بِالصَّوْمِ فَإِنَّهُ لَهُ‏ وِجَاءٌ ". This refers to both the financial and physical capability for marrying. May Allah help you to be an obedient worshiper and protect you from the temptations of Satan.

Dr. Mahmoud Khiamy

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