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Praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Prophets and Messengers, our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions.

Islam is a religion of mercy, equality, freedom, dignity, justice, and solidarity. It promotes every good, forbids every evil,  and calls for good treatment towards all people, Muslims or non-Muslims, men or women.  Allah himself is referred to with many names, including the Merciful, the Compassionate, and the Just. The Prophet Mohammad was described as being a mercy in the Quran due to the message he brought for humanity:

"وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا رَحْمَةً لِّلْعَالَمِينَ" الأنبياء: 107

“And We have not sent you but as a mercy to all the worlds.” (21:107)

In addition to the general principles of Shari'a that prescribe human rights and dignity, there are several Shari'a rules specifically on the proper treatment of non-Muslim domestic workers. Below are the most important of these rules:

1-  The right to fair treatment in all its forms.

Islam is a religion of justice and tolerance among human beings, whatever their religions and their colors and their home countries. It teaches us to treat all people with justice, equality, righteousness and kindness, especially non-Muslim domestic workers who left their homes, families, husbands, and children in search of money to improve the living standard. It is also important to mention that good treatment is one of the main reasons that may urge them to convert to Islam. It was narrated in the Hadith of Abdullah bin 'Amr narrated that the Messenger of Allah said: "The Compassionate One (Allah) has mercy on those who are merciful. If you show mercy to those who are on the earth, He Who is in the heaven will show mercy to you." . He also commanded to treat them like our brothers or sisters, He (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "Your slaves are your brothers. Allah has placed them under your authority. He who has his brother under him, should feed him from whatever he eats, and dress him with whatever he wears, and do not burden them (assign burdensome task to them) beyond their capacity; and if you burden them then help them." [Al- Bukhari and Muslim].

2-  The right to freedom of belief and worship.

One of the freedoms guaranteed by Islam in the right of non-Muslims: the freedom of belief and worship. Islam does not force people to embrace it. rather, it leaves them the option; Allah Almighty said:

"لَا إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ ۖ قَد تَّبَيَّنَ الرُّشْدُ مِنَ الْغَيِّ" البقرة:256

Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error" 2:256"        

Not only does Islam give the freedom of religious freedom to non-Muslim workers, its tolerant law extends to the freedom of practicing acts of worship that are consistent with their creeds. However, It is also desirable for employers to call them to Islam gently, and whether they accept to embrace Islam or not, employers should respect their beliefs.

 

3-  The right to protection and security 

 Also, among their rights is the right of protection and security, inside and outside the house. This includes security of life, property, honor, and dignity. Islam forbids oppression or abuse to them in any form as stated by the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in the Hadiths: "Beware, if anyone wrongs a contracting man, or diminishes his right, or forces him to work beyond his capacity, or takes from him anything without his consent, I shall plead for him on the Day of Judgment."

" If anyone kills a man whom he grants protection prematurely, Allah will forbid him to enter Paradise."

 

This is Islam, the heavenly religion that regulates every aspect of our lives and, So obviously it also regulates the way we should treat our domestic workers. We also should not forget that the essence of the Islamic principles in dealing with non-Muslims is to show justice and mercy of Islam  through fulfilling their rights. So it is an important means to invite to Islam, and in the past, most parts of Asia and Africa converted to Islam by Muslim traders without the use of swords, but only the good morals which Islam taught us.

 

 

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