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The problem with government jobs

Holding a status and not fulfilling ones duties properly without a valid excuse also constitutes as breach of trust. Beware! Do not let luxuries of the world result in calamities of the afterlife. Especially people who work for government agencies, Many people take up these jobs because no one monitors the work in most of the departments, they finish work whenever they please, take days off whenever they please, or get close to their seniors so that they can neglect their duties. If the employee takes unauthorised days off but the officer in charge backs him up by marking him present in the books and causes loss to the government then both of them would have breached trust, and will result in both their earnings being affected too. We must only support each other in matters of piety and not sin, helping in sins will also lead to punishment. Allah says in the Holy Qur'an:-

Translation Kanzul-Iman: And help one another to righteousness and piety, and do not help one another to sin and transgression, and fear Allah , Allah is severe in punishment. (Part 6, Sura Al Maidah, Verse 2)

Anyone who does not fulfil his duties without a valid reason must reflect upon his attitude. If his timings are 8am to 4pm but he arrives at 9am or leaves at 3pm then in either case he has committed a crime. It is Haraam for him to take a wage for the time that he missed and also for any unauthorised days off. If the person responsible for opening the office comes late it should not stop the employee from getting there on time and waiting for his arrival. Similarly security guards, police men etc. should also think carefully. If their duty is to be on guard standing up, they are not allowed to sit or sleep within duty hours, however, fardh Salaah must definitely be prayed (and they are therefore allowed time off for this). Guards who wander around or sleep in duty times are breaching the trust of their employers; their slackness also increases the chances of crime and corruption. It is Haraam to take salary for the hours missed and will therefore lead to Hell.

The evil of Haraam Food

Mukashifa-tul-Quloob says, 'When a piece of Haraam food enters a mans stomach, every Angel in the skies and earth will curse him for as long as that morsel remains inside and if he dies in this state he will enter Hell'.  (Mukashifa-tul-Quloob, P10 Dar-ul-Kutubul-Ilmiyyah Beirut)

Optional fasts without permission

There is no harm in coming late if one works for a private firm and the boss does not mind. Remember! During working hours you cannot pray voluntary Salaah and if weakness affects the work then you cannot fast (voluntary) either without the boss's permission, but fardh Salaah and fasts must be prayed even if the boss doesn't allow it.

Statement of Kufr

Without a proper valid reason it is not permissible for you to miss jama'at because your boss says so. It has come to my hearing that the officers in some institutions say to the workers 'Forget Salaah, your job is the first fardh'; this statement insults Salaah and is therefore Kufr. 

7 Statements of Kufr

Sadrush-Shariah Allama Moulana Mufti Amjad Ali Azami gives the following 7 examples of insulting Salaah in chapter 9 of Bahar-e-Shariat; (1) if someone is told to pray Salaah and he replies, 'I pray but I don't get anything from it', he will become a non-Muslim. (2) Or if he replies, 'You've prayed what good did it do for you' (3) 'My parents are dead, why shall I pray Salaah, who shall I pray Salaah for?' (4) 'I've prayed enough' (5) 'Praying and not praying are the same'. Any such statement implying the unimportance of Salaah or abusing it is Kufr. (6) Praying only in the month of Ramadhaan and saying 'This is enough'. (7) 'What I've prayed is plenty because one in Ramadhaan is worth seventy' are both statements of Kufr because they imply the insignificance of Salaah.


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