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Q: I am a dentist employed by the government in a clinic.

According to my contract, I am employed to work from 8am to 4pm. However, my supervisor sometimes tell me that I can go at 11 am. He leaves early and also tells me that I can leave early.

Although he is my supervisor, I do not know whether he has the authority to let me go early, as he is not my employer. Rather, I am employed by the department.

Is it permissible for me to leave early? If I do so, will my income be halaal?

Sometimes but not always, I am forced to leave early as the supervisor locks the clinic and leaves, so I am unable to attend to patients even if I remain. What should I do in such a case?


A: Enquire from the higher authorities.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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