Friday, January 2

Dont fight for wages on the basis of religion

Ok, read this. I quote:

Delaying the payment of foreign workers is totally against Islam. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “Give the worker his wage before his sweat dries.” This came as an order for people to pay their workers their financial rights as soon as they are due. Timely payment of labourers is a legal duty across the world.

You know why I am upset with this? Because appealing to religion does not work at all, or works very badly. Why on earth would you stop paying salaries and then try to convince people that religion is a reason for keeping on paying salaries? Surely, it should be enough that you are a good person and simply being good is enough? Here, read what Robert Fisk says about religion and people doing basic good things.

There has developed in Egypt a kind of religious facade in which the meaning of Islam has become effaced by its physical representation. Egyptian civil "servants" and government officials are often scrupulous in their religious observances – yet they tolerate and connive in rigged elections, violations of the law and prison torture. A young American doctor described to me recently how in a Cairo hospital busy doctors merely blocked doors with plastic chairs to prevent access to patients. In November, the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry al-Youm reported how doctors abandoned their patients to attend prayers during Ramadan.

Its just not in Egypt but across the world. Being personally pious and not doing their jobs drags the good name of the Prophet and the religion through the mud. So both commentators as well as individuals, stop being morons and worse, hypocrites. You have a job to do, do it well. Pay salaries to people who cannot live without their salaries. Going to pray to God while letting your patients die? What kind of Islam are you following or more importantly, it has nothing to do with Islam but all to do with the venal behaviour of these stupid morons. Telling them that it is against Islam would not help it, they will be pious as hell and not do what they should. And religion gets the blame. What you need is a big stick to beat the shit out of these hypocrites.

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