Google is honoring a day for the spirit of the workers with its purple colored Google Doodle as International Labor Day also marked as May Day ascribing a collection of tools and equipment used in different professions from batteries, rubber gloves, stethoscope, helmets, nuts&bolts, wires, books, pencil and torches etc. Exclusively, dedicated to laborers and the working sectors no matter what the professions.
Labor Day originated in the Labor Union Movement in the United States on May 1, 1886. In the beginning of the 19th century during Industrialization , the industrialists used to exploit the working classes and forced them to work like 5 hours a day. The workers rose and rebelled against the exploitation and stood up for the paid leaves, proper wages and breaks for the workforce.
Basically, Labor Unions went on strike with demands that workers should not be allowed to work more than 8 hours a day. Strike was followed by a bomb blast in Chicago’s Haymarket Square on 4th May leading death of several and injuries to many which eventually resulted in immediate action and consequences.
The Labor Day is an annual public holiday in some countries to celebrate the achievements of the workers as this day has root to the eight-hour day labor movement which depicted 8 hours for work, 8 hours for recreations and 8 hours for rest.
Different countries has different story for the day, but the main reason for Labor Day is exploitation and unfair treatment of the labor class.
In India, Labor Day or May Day was first celebrated in the year 1923 in Chennai (the Madras) following an initiative by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan. Comrade Singaravelar was the leader of party . Singaravelar was a staunch Gandhian. He passed a resolution which stated that the Government should announce a national holiday in India. It is very first time, Red Flag used in India , which is a metaphor for signalling a problem.
India celebrates in order to honor the contribution of working men and woman. A day wholly dedicated to the true spirit of the working class , indicating how effective their struggles can be to bring the reforms and safeguard interests.
Man has many needs out of basics like food, water, clothing, shelter, education etc. Since he is required to fulfill all these for himself as well as for his family through lawful (halal) means, eventually he is obliged to work. Yes, we can say working is mandatory. How can we forget writing essays on ‘Work Is Worship’ in primary schooling.
In Islam, working is highly encouraged in order to promote growth in society and striving to earn living to support and feed the family, it is considered noble act. Workers must be treated with dignity and honor regardless of the kind of work they are performing , nevertheless Work should be lawful.
Since, Google celebrates the day hence we ALL should. It all brings with claiming rights and raising voices against turmoil exploitation. It is not limited to laborers and workers whereas employers and anyone pursuing any profession and of any field falls in. Not only appreciate their work but also pay them right. Prevent them from being abused and exploited . It’s gesture to serve humanity at end.
Quoting my favorite verses , “You should pay the labor his wages before his sweat dries.” (Sunan Ibn Majad (2443)). This Hadith distinctly made clear that workers are to be paid on time. Since I started penning down in my journal , these words were repeatedly pounding at back of my mind.
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