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Is Long Namaz Break During Work Justified?

By Tazeen • Feb 4th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Worth A Second Look • 3 Comments

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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  1. Well sister the fact is that all people have their own priorities and there is no way to measure justice except by individual investigation which is specially not practicle if company has over 200000 employees but can be possible if a db is developed just to track timings of employees!

    Dont judge halaal or haraam except by evidence!

  2. Thanks for the article. I am having difficulty figuring how people can take a 3.5 hour lunch everyday (and miss work on Friday) and not get fired. In most places, lunch is one hour so people are free to do anything in that hour, including their prayers. Anything done outside those hours (apart from work) will mean that the money earned during those hours will be haram.

  3. Anything done outside those hours that hour (apart from work) will mean that the money earned will be haram.

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