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Pay Before the Sweat Dries

Surely we know about the hadith narrated by Hadhrat Abdullah bin Umar (Radiallahu Anhu) that, Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) stated that: “One should pay the employee for the work done, before his/her sweat dries.” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

The implication of this Hadeeth isn’t that the employee / worker should be paid before completion of the assigned task, but, we are advised to pay the worker on time. There are also other pertinent inferences that could be drawn from this noble Hadeeth, viz.:

  • paying the correct amount, as agreed upon;
  • not denying the employee his/her due rights
  • correct and desirable treatment should be meted out to the worker/s;
  • unfairly withholding portion of the payment; or
  • delaying the payment in full or part, contrary to the initial agreement.

In another Hadeeth reported by Hadhrat Abu Huraira (Radiallahu Anhu), Nabi (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:

“Three people will make claim on the day of Qiyamah, of which one is, he who had employed someone for some work --- that person completed the work, but the employer did not pay for the work done”. [Bukhari]

This Hadeeth serves as a clear warning to the person taking an oath in the name of Allah Ta’ala and not fulfilling it. The point made here, deals with not paying an employee. This is a grievous sin relates to fulfilling the rights of others, [“Huqooq-ul- ‘Ibaad”].

Yet another distasteful practice is forcing the worker to perform additional task/s, other than what was initially agreed upon. Sadly, this is sheer exploitation --- the worker is being overburdened beyond his/her capability.

The employee should never be required to perform any haraam activity.

Finally, it goes without saying that the employee too, has an equal responsibility to the employer of fully honouring the initial agreement.

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