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Employee and Wage: Through Islamic Perspective (part 1)

Employee and Wage Through Islamic Perspective

Employee and Wage: Through Islamic Perspective (part 1)

Author: Prof. Muhammad

(Chairman of Sekolah Tinggi Ekonomi Islam (STEI)Yogyakarta)

Islam has a distinct perspective regarding employment which contains at least four principles to honor the employee or worker’s rights, including the wage distribution system.

Worker and his wage is something inseparable. Both has always became interesting topic to discuss about; even the labor strike also mostly about their demand to get a raising in salary. My article this time will be discussing about these two important topics. Important, I say, because policy in the minimum wage sector has became a part of a wider agenda of reformation of employment. This policy arises after the economic crisis in 1997/1998; also, in Indonesia, through the government’s commitment regarding the minimum wage of the worker.
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Don’t beg for A Job!

Don't beg for A Job!

Don’t beg for A Job!

The stories of the excellences of the past scholars will never be run out to tell. Including the best of their ways in motivating themselves to increase their obedience to Allah the Exalted. We should take examples from them because man’s soul would be easier to take a real story as their role model and that would motivate them to perform righteous deeds and be haste in goodness (1). Imam Abu Hanifah said, “The (exemplary) stories of the scholars and sit following their lesson is dearer to me than most of the law (problems), because the stories contain their manners and attitudes (to be followed).” (2)

Our role model in this occasion is Abdullah Ibn Mubarak Al Marwazi (died in 181 H). A grand, well known Imam from the generation of Atbaut tabeen (a generation after the tabeen), trustworthy and conscientious in narrating hadith from the Messenger of Allah -peace and prayer of Allah be upon him-. He has many excellences and praiseworthy qualities. Imam Ibn Hajar Al Asqalani said, “He is a trustworthy, very precise (in narrating hadith), the possessor of very deep knowledge and comprehension, very generous and (often) went to the holy war (in Allah’s cause), he has (all) benevolent attitudes gathered in him.” (4)
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