Friendly relations between working people and employers can save the global industrial and manufacturing sector from the risks posed by the coronavirus. If the employer prioritizes the safety of the worker’s livelihood without looking at profit in these difficult times, they will reap the benefits.Workers belong to the owner’s family: In the eyes of Islam, workers belong to the owner’s family. Islam recognizes workers as ‘brothers’ and asks them to ensure a dignified livelihood for them. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘Your slaves are your brothers. Allah has made them subservient to you, so if a brother is subject to him, let him eat from what he eats and let him wear from what he wears. ‘(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 2545)
Security of life and livelihood of the worker: It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure the dignity of the life and livelihood of the worker. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘The owner (subordinate) has the right to food and clothing.’ (Saheeh Muslim, hadeeth: 162)
In another hadith, he said, ‘Let our servant who is employed collect a wife (at the expense of the organization), if he does not have a servant, let him collect a servant, and if he does not have a house, let him collect a house. Anyone who accepts anything more than this will be considered a fraud or a thief. ‘(Sunan Abi Dawood, Hadith: 2945)
No excuses for wages: Salary and the rights of wage earners: Islam commands that it be paid as soon as possible. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘Pay the wages of the workers before the sweat dries.’ (Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 24430)
Deprivation of salary and allowances and entitlements on the pretext of a lesser crime is a more heinous crime. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘On the Day of Resurrection, I will be against three people.
The owner will be by the side of the workers in times of trouble: Islam has generally instructed to be by the side of the needy and helpless people in times of trouble. And if the helpless and needy person is his service worker, then this responsibility is multiplied many times. Because Rasulullah (peace be upon him) urged the owner to make arrangements for the maintenance of the workers. He said, “Let him eat from what he eats, and let him wear from what he wears.” (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 2545)
Omar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “A person who has served the state and the people with his labor in his youth, the state (authority) cannot hand over a begging bag to him in his old age.” (Ibn Majah)
The responsibility of the workers and the state in the national disaster: It is the responsibility of the Islamic state to stand by the helpless people of low income during the national disaster. The Islamic State will take all necessary measures to ensure equitable distribution of resources and social security. The matter is clear from the conversation between the eminent Tayyib Abu Muslim Khawlani (ra) and Mu’awiyah ibn Abi Sufyan (ra). He said to Mu’awiyah (may Allah be pleased with him), ‘(As the chief executive of the state) your example is like that of a man who hires a laborer and hands over his cattle to him, so that he may take proper care of him and collect his fur and milk. . If he takes good care of it — so that the little ones in the herd may grow up and the weak may become strong, he is worthy of wages; Never gets more. And if he does not look after them properly, but opens the way for their destruction, then the weak animal of the flock is destroyed, the strong ones become weak, and he does not collect the fur and milk of the animal properly, but the owner is angry with him and does not pay him. Rather, he punishes him. ‘(Ibn Asakir (Rah.), Date Damascus: 26/223)
Horrible consequences of cheating workers: Cheating workers is the worst sin in the eyes of Islam, but Islam instructs that even if the worker is not aware of what he deserves, the employer will make him understand what he deserves. For example, Shoaib (AS) called Musa (AS) and paid him. In the Holy Qur’an, it has been said, “Then one of the women came to him with her legs crossed and said, ‘My father has invited you to exchange water for our animals.'” (Surah Qasas, verse 25).
But now we have to make a movement for the realization of rights. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) warned in this regard, ‘A nation whose weak people cannot pay their dues without force can never be pure.’ (Ibn Majah, hadeeth: 2427).
In another hadith, Irshad has said, ‘… the person who took labor from someone and left without paying his wages; The other is the one who kills a useless animal. ‘(Mustadrakul Hakim, Hadith: 2643)
May Allah protect the earth from this great crisis. Amen.