Workers on strike

Open Quran with tasbih

By Basharat Ali

The war in Ukraine, two years of Covid and a weak economy has led to spiralling inflation that hits the poorest hardest. The wealth gap has also increased. Now the workers who keep our public services running smoothly are demanding a fair wage, job security and safe working conditions. They are not “enemies of the people,” as some politicians claim. When the Righteous Caliphs collected and distributed the Zakaat funds in the way prescribed by the Quran and the Prophetic example, poverty was completely eliminated. Surely there are some lessons in this example for our leaders today.