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.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)