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 AyloushPlease watch this powerful video prepared by the group Migrant Rights .
- Workers’ Rights – A Cornerstone of Social Justice in Islam - By Hussam Ayloush
- Interfaith Worker Justice
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/