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Employees entitled to the same benefits must receive those benefits equally

Published: 24/08/2011 11:27:00 AM GMT
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n the company where I work all employees are paid, as part of their salary package, a fixed lunch allowance. The monetary value of this allowance is exactly the same for all employees. This amount then gets deducted from the salary of each employee, since the company provides meals in their canteen.

In practice,this means that the employees receive no money but instead get free food. The problem is that the management is served meals of two to three dishes while workers get only one dish to eat. Moreover, management gets the food served on the table while the workers have to cue in line for their food. Are the above practices permissible?

Answered by

Sheikh Yûsuf al-Shubaylî, professor at the Higher Judicial Institute in Riyadh

If the food allowances are the same for all employees, then there should be no preference shown to some employees over others in serving them their meals. There must be equality in the quantity and quality of the food served as well as in the manner of service.

Otherwise, that will be a form of oppression and a wrongful consumption of other people’s wealth, since the same amount is deducted from each employee's salary.

Allah commands us to be just and warns us against injustice. He says: “Allah commands justice, the doing of good.” [Sûrah al-Nahl: 90]

And Allah knows best.

Source: Islam Today

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