Respect of Janitors and Labourers in Pakistani society
January 17, 2011 8 Comments
Like Pakistani almost all Muslim societies are known for their degraded attitude or ill-mannered treatment to people who are related to low ranking jobs relating to cleanliness, labor and domestic kind of work .
Low paid , separate utensils for them, giving them used items of houses on the name of charity ,granting them left over foods are few highly uncivilized acts of humanity and surely unIslamic to treat the one of necessary working class of any community.With the passage of time and access of deprived people to media groups are revealing horrible events of maltreatment and abuses up to level of brutality are being recorded in our so-called Islamic society.This trend has shown rise for last many years where people are mistreating this class to get more work in their houses and factory areas.
We claim to be Muslims related to such faith which one of important declaration is “Cleanliness is half of our faith” has left no choice to think that Cleanliness of body, soul and surroundings are important mandatory rituals of Islamic faith.So the people who help us to maintain necessary obligation can be placed in lowest rank of Islamic society?
In our status quo complex ed living ,here majority of settled class feels shame to perform domestic jobs with hands, we are more dependent up to level of disability on our janitors and people who help them in our domestic jobs .So in such case they should be treated with dignity and honor and should be paid as per job or level of source of income of employer.
Through personal observation it is my experience that one can easily judge the moral ,ethical and religious values of any person by seeing his/her treatment with his/her servants or financially weak relatives.So this simple parameter is easy gauge of evaluating a person real set of manners he/she claim verbally.
People usually justify bad treatment to lower working class is their unstable and irregular attitude toward their employees that might sometime bring problems but being part of privileged class one shouldn’t leave the norms of mannerism and ethics while handling this class .It is their instability of nature and god gifted deficiency that keep them is state of doers and others as conferrer or beneficiary.
So chances of making mistakes and crimes in people relating to unskilled jobs are more than prediction and it should be dealt with manners and under principles of humanity. Treating them with severe punishments is sign of oppressing weak community on the basis of financial and social status.It can cause serious indifference attitude of hate and destitute that could produce serious criminal trends in the same community which is known for its domestic services to society.
Orders of Allah and Sunnah
It is the beauty of Islam that each human being having different level of status, relations with other human beings has certain rights and responsibilities throughout his/her full life span for other people living in same uneven social setups . Nobody is allowed to bypass the duties and responsibility of fellow being which are in some cases have an edge on obligatory rituals of Islam.
Anyone who dares to take away the God-given rights inherent in Islam, including the right to human dignity, is called a wrongdoer or an oppressor.
Allah clearly says:
“And what is wrong with you that you fight not in the cause of God, and for those weak, ill-treated, and oppressed among men, women, and children, whose cry is: “Our Lord! Rescue us from this town, whose people are oppressors; and raise for us from you one who will protect; and raise for us from you one who will help!” (Quran 4:75)
It is commonly seen in our society that people boisterously claim to be care takers of their workers, conscious of cleanliness or hygiene but in actual they have the opposite situation in their real lives.
The principle of dealing with domestic help in Islam is a combination of justice, kindness, and compassion. Cruelty, including excessive punishment while handling people of different low cadre jobs is highly forbidden in Islam. Each member of the human race should be treated with due respect and dignity, regardless of race, color creed, or nationality.
Prophet Muhammad(pbuh) expressly prohibited cruel and unusual punishments even in times of war. He made it clear that no one should be burned alive or tortured with fire, or physically or sexually abused while in state of slavery.
The Prophet strongly enjoined the duty of kind and generous treatment upon slaves, servants and laborers engaged in manual work.
His saying: “Feed them with the food which you eat, clothe them with such clothing as you wear, and do not cause trouble to Allah’s creatures.” should leave no choice in our mind how to treat people who are brought under our command through blessings of Allah.
He clearly said: “Those whom Allah has made your dependents are your brothers, servants and helpmates. Anybody whose brother has been made subservient to him ought to feed him with the food he eats and clothe him with the clothes he wears; command him not to do that which he is unable to do and if it becomes necessary to do so then he should help him in doing the job.”
But we Muslims claim to be blind follower of Prophet(PBUH) hardly follow the order of Allah and guide lines of Prophet more than its verbal preaching.Old fashioned slavery has got new shape of forced tenants, bonded labor or child labor trend which are very popular in all Muslim countries..
Majority of Muslim countries those are filthy rich have no interest in implementing labor laws for man power of weak countries. Here the labors have more working hours, less pay than western workers and nothing are paid on the name of health facilities even they are assigned for toughest jobs.