Fatwas regarding Working Hours
The scholars of the Standing Committee (Lajnah Daimah) were asked about the employees who are obliged to stay in office during the working hours, but instead are hanging out to shop without any permission of their boss. What is the ruling for such deed?
The answer: “ It is not allowed for an employee to go out of the office during the working hours for shopping, whether he or she was permitted by the boss or not. Because it contradicted the rules set for the civil servants. Such practice caused the neglect of works which were trusted to him and the rights of other muslims (society), or at least the works wouldn’t be accomplished appropriately.
It is narrated by Abu Ya’la and al Askari, from Aisha -may Allah be pleased with her- that the Prophet -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him- said,
إن الله يحب إذا عمل أحدكم عملا أن يتقنه
“Verily, Allah loves, if one of you works his task with his best.” Similar redaction also narrated by al Baihaqi and Thabrani.” (Fatwa of the Lajnah Daimah, 23:415)