Is Long Namaz Break During Work Justified?

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I work as receptionist in a multinational company, and one of my task is to redirect the incoming calls of clients, customers, and others to the respective person in the office. Our clients are scattered throughout Pakistan and many of them are also in UAE, Singapore and Malaysia.

Between 12 pm to 3:30 pm, it becomes really hard for me to do this particular duty as I find it real hard to trace people within office. I know that this is Lunch break plus the Zuhar prayer time. I myself say my Zuhar prayer and eat lunch and it doesn’t take me more than 30 minutes. Ok, I don’t go to Mosque, which is just across the street, so for gents we may add up to 15 more minutes for commute. At maximum, in my opinion, it shouldn’t take an hour or so.

But normally what happens is that people leave the office around 12 pm and return around 3:30 pm. Of course not everybody goes out and return at the same time, but it’s kind of random. I have seen the director of company cautioning the employees to cut short the break and be on time, but nobody really cares, and some even accuse him of keeping them away from the prayer.

On Friday, you can really say good bye to work as soon as the noon starts. It’s Friday prayer after all. Majority doesn’t feel like working at all, and either they return around 4 pm or don’t return at all. On Friday, the dress code is different too.

One of my colleague told me that at her previous job, when the owner of business fired one employee for his lack of attention to the timings, he went to nearby Mosque and told the prayer leader that he was being stopped from saying his prayer. The case was lodged against the business owner in police station, and quite a mess was generated.

Is this right? I mean, I don’t think that the rizq earned like this can be termed as rizq-e-halal. What do you think?

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