Monday, 19 December 2011

Advanced salary payment is compulsory in Islam

It may be controversial and not practised in many muslim nations but
this hadith shows that advanced payment is what is required in Islam.

The interpretation that it is allowed to pay at the end of a month is
against the spirit of this hadith.
The basic idea is that it has to be done minutes after the work is
done, and any work, even in the middle of the day.
The only way to achieve this is to pay the workers in advance. It is
not practical to wait until the job is finished completely as a job
can be made up of many steps.

Even if we agree to accept monthly wages that are paid at the end of
the month, it does not mean that we have obeyed the teaching of
Prophet Muhammad i.e. Islam.
To be paid weekly wages as is common in western societies is better,
because the delay is only for 1 week, but still not compliant fully
with the true Islamic way of doing things.

To comply exactly with minimal loss is to pay daily, which is too time
consuming. The better way is to pay in advance. I start doing it with
my work. Usually to pay for any spare part that may be required. We
all can contribute to helping our workers by showing our appreciation
by paying them in advance.

You may argue that we will lose if they don't work properly, but even
if we delay payment, there is no guarantee that the work will be
perfect, in fact there is more chance that the work will not be good.
The chance that the work will not be complete is always there, but you
know that this kind of workers cannot be trusted. It is better for us
to lose some money than allow them work for us.

In permanent workers, there is no justification of us not paying them
in advance. If they run away, we can always sue them, and demand
payment back for the advance wages since we have all the details of
these workers. They are indebted to the employers which is even better
for the employers in tying the loyalty of the workers. It also
encourages them to work to their best.

Delaying payments as is the normal practise in Malaysia, the delay can
be more than 3 months nowadays, is just unfair and unIslamic. So much
for a government that claims to be Islamic. Similarly for all Muslim
nations in the world. The nations that practise the Islamic way of
paying wages as the advanced non-Islamic nations, that way wages

The oppostion parties that claim to follow the Islamic teaching should
start by paying wages in advance instead of at the end of the month.
There is no loss of revenue at all. Just one month advance payment.
PAS led states in Kelantan and Kedah, as well as PKR states in
Selangor should start. Penang's DAP should follow.

BN's performance in paying workers salaries is very poor. Not only
workers, suppliers are also so badly treated. This is one reason for
the inflated prices of government contracts. I just hope that they
should strive to resolve the late payment of workers with honesty
instead of giving excuses. If the British colonial masters were able
to pay promptly, why can't independent Malaysia?

This delay of payment to suppliers and workers, especially part time
workers is just troubling and has become endemic in the Malaysian
government service. We have lost a lot of talent and opportunities
this way, as well as incurring extra costs when they charge more
because of the certainly in the delay of payment.

Ibn Maajah (2443) narrated that 'Abd-Allaah ibn 'Umar (may ALLAH be
pleased with him) said: The Messenger of ALLAH (peace and blessings of
ALLAH be upon him) said: "Give the worker his wages before his sweat
dries." Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah.
What this means to hastening to give him his dues as soon as the work
is done. Similarly, when the agreed-upon period ends (which is one
month in the case of most employees nowadays), then it is obligatory
to hasten to give him his dues.

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