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Labour wages in Shariah

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Labour wages in Shariah

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Islamic Law does not apply a standard rule while determining the wages of a person done for a particular job. Depending on the market conditions of demand and supply prevalent in the times one lives in, the one who employs may offer a price to get the job done, or the one who works may demand a particular amount to get the job done; provided both the employer and the employ agree on the work to be done for a particular amount of wages. The calculation or determination of the wages of a person are determined according to the prevalent times as in a free-market economy depending on the demand and supply conditions. A scientist will be paid his dues according to his skills, an engineer his, a doctor his, and a gardener for his skills.


The conditions that Islam applies is one of righteousness and honesty; both, for the one who employs the worker, and the worker who is employed. Neither the employer nor the employed should take advantage of the personal condition of the other; the employer should neither deceive nor delay the payment to the employed when the work is done, nor should the employed deceive or delay the work for which he has agreed to take wages.


Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2987 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "Give the hireling his wages before his sweat dries."


In conclusion, there is no set maximum or minimum wage in Islamic Law; a worker may get a million dollars for doing a job or a few dollars to do a menial job, depending on the market conditions of the prevalent times.


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