Praise be to Allaah.
Jihaad by the sword and with
other weapons is not obligatory on women. It was narrated that
‘Aa’ishah said: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, do women have to
do any kind of jihaad?’ he said, ‘Yes, jihaad in which there is no
fighting – Hajj and ‘Umrah.’” – Narrated by Imaam Ahmad, 24794).
Because men are responsible for defending women. Hence it is not
permissible to draft them into the army like men, because of the bad
consequences that result from that. The state of affairs in countries
which have allowed that clearly demonstrate the harmful effects to which
this leads. But if the army needs nurses to tend the soldiers’ wounds
and there are women who can do this well, then their services may be used,
so long as due attention is paid to the guidelines of sharee’ah, and
proper Islamic etiquette is observed.