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Employers Of Labour Should Pay Their Workers Before Their Sweat Dry – Jos Imam

Flying Officer Imran Zakariyya Hassan delivering sermon 

Chief Imam of 551 Nigerian Air Force Station Central Mosque, Jos, Plateau State, North Central Nigeria, Flying Officer Imran Zakariyya Hassan, has admonished employers of labour, at all levels of life, to pay their employees their dues before the sweat on their body dry off.

The Imam gave the admonition on Friday, in Jos, while delivering sermon before leading congregation prayers.

Hassan, whose sermon centred on THE RIGHTS OF WORKERS IN ISLAM said, Allah has warned believers to, “Give the worker his wages before his sweat dries.”

The Imam called on the people to fear Allah and know that “it is part of the wisdom of Allah to make people differ among themselves; and in this differences there exist the rich and the poor, an educated and uneducated, a boss and his workers.

He explained that it was based on this that the people need one another for survival and  smooth wellbeing.

Allah said …”and we have raised some of them above others in degrees of (rank) that they may make use of one another for service…”

The Quranic exegetists said: “That is, to serve each other in business and crafts because, if people are equal in wealth and do not need one another, many of their welfare and needs will be disrupted.”

Hassan observed saying, “it is so unfortunate today that workers face different forms of oppression and injustice.”

“This injustice has become rampant and grown larger in both the private and public sectors. This in turn has made the workers’ conditions unpleasant. Many workers’ hearts are full of sadness due to the oppression they suffered from their bosses.

“The strings of humanity in some heads’ hearts were torn, which make them to treat their workers unkindly and used them inhumanly. Who is most cheated than he or she whose salary is not paid on time? How many workers’ salaries or laborers’ wages have been deducted without any cogent reason?

“How many workers are living unhappily and uncomfortably? Among these forms of injustices and oppressions those workers faced; they are mostly overworked which make them to be exhausted.

“Besides, some bosses employed a worker on an agreed contract and later on change the earlier contract unjustly. Also, among this injustice includes bullying, insults and, in fact, hitting a worker with a rod without fear of Allah,” he added.

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The Islamic Scholar asked believers to fear Allah and reminded them that the Prophet, (pbuh), has ordered Head or Boss to treat their workers kindly and to show sympathy to them without overburden them with  work that is beyond their capability.

He said the Prophet (pbuh), has raised the status of a worker to that of a brother.

According to him, the Prophet, (pbuh), said: “Your workers are your brethren or sisters upon whom Allah has given you authority. So, if one has one’s brethren or sisters under one’s control, one should feed them with the like of what one eats and clothe them with the like of what one wears. You should not overburden them with what they cannot bear, and if you do so, help them (in their hard job)” narrated by Bukhari.

Hassan emphasised that the Prophet, (pbuh), has urged the Head or Boss to pay the salaries and wages of their workers on time.

“Give the worker his wages before his sweat dries,” he quoted the Prophet, (pbuh), as saying – narrated by Ibn Majah.

According to the Imam, the Hadith teaches that workers’ salaries or wages should be paid on time without any delay. Therefore, deducting any part of workers’ salaries unjustly or refusal to pay them is among the major sin, for Allah has warned against that and whoever does that will face the wrath of Allah on the Day of Resurrection.

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Allah says, I will be against three persons on the Day of Resurrection –  one who makes covenant in My Name, but he proves treacherous and one who sells a free person (as a slave) and eats the price, and one who employs a laborer and gets the full work done by him but does not pay him his wages.” Narrated by Bukhari.

He prayed Allah to protect Nigeria and its citizens.

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