Q. Mufti Saheb, I am currently employed as a doctor at a private hospital. My working hours are from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. If I finish my work early, can I leave before 4:00 PM?
A. In an Ijaarah contract (employment contract), an employee is employed in accordance to the terms and conditions of the contract. Hence, if the terms and conditions of the contract as a doctor was to work from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM, and one arrives later than 9:30 AM or leaves earlier than 4:00 PM, it will be considered as a breach of contract.
However, if the terms and conditions of the contract is to complete a certain amount of duties of the day after which one is given leave, it will be permissible to leave before time.
Therefore, it is best for one to clarify this matter with one’s administration.
Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa