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Hussam has been a lifelong human rights activist who is passionate about promoting democratic societies, in the US and worldwide, in which all people, including immigrants, workers, minorities, and the poor enjoy freedom, justice, economic justice, respect, and equality. Mr. Ayloush frequently lectures on Islam, media relations, civil rights, hate crimes and international affairs. He has consistently appeared in local, national, and international media. Full biography at: http://hussamayloush.blogspot.com/2006/08/biography-of-hussam-ayloush.html

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Protect the human rights of migrant workers in the Middle East

The abuse of migrant workers is a shameful reality in many Middle Eastern countries and it is often an accepted practice by many people in those societies.

It is a shame that the area where Prophet Muhammad preached equality, fairness, and kindness to our workers will allow such injustice and inhumanity.

Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of God be upon him, said, “Your servants/workers are your brothers whom God the most High has placed under your authority. Therefore, a person who has a brother under his authority, should feed him out of that which he eats himself and should dress him with the same kind of clothes which he wears himself; he should not assign work to him which is beyond his capacity, and if you do so, then help him in his work” (Bukhari collection).

Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of God be upon him, also said, “When your cook or servant brings your meal to you, if you do not invite him to sit with you and eat, at least give him some of the meal to take. After all, it was he who prepared it.” (Bukhari Collection)
Everyone can make a difference. First, make sure you treat such workers fairly and as your equal; the way you would like to be treated. Then make a commitment to become vocal in your circle of friends and family against such abuses and those who engage in it.

He also said, “I will be the opponent of three types of people on the Day of Judgment,” and he listed one of them as “one who hires a worker, but does not pay him his right wages owed to him after fulfilling his work.” (Bukhari collection)

For more info, visit:

- Workers Rights in Islam - A Khutba/sermon by Hussam Ayloush
- Workers’ Rights – A Cornerstone of Social Justice in Islam - By Hussam Ayloush

- Interfaith Worker Justice

Please watch this powerful video prepared by the group Migrant Rights .

From the video post page:

For too long, migrant workers have been an invisible majority in the Middle East. They are rarely discussed in the media and receive little protection from the governments of host countries, many of whom have no clear policies for safeguarding their welfare. Please join our struggle for migrant rights in the region: http://www.migrant-rights.org

Video made by: Eric Epstein http://najork.net/
Written, Researched & Voiced by: Esra'a Al Shafei http://www.migrant-rights.org
Original Music: http://skeletonsuit.com/
Hand-drawn Animation: Jaron Eugene Newton http://jaron-eugene.blogspot.com/
CG Elements: Zach Shukan http://shukanimator.com/

1 comment:

Afaf Turjoman said...

I applaud your efforts in turning our attention to these abuses that have been going on far too long. It is shameful. Islam teaches us about social justice, but far too many don't practice it.