Hiring process in Islam is a process of assigning somebody to do specific tasks for a specific period of time. It is a method described in Quraan and Sunnah and it's mandatory to pay the employees their wages on time.


In Islamic terminology ijarah, or hire, means a contract to obtain a known benefit in an ongoing arrangement for a specific period from a known or described object, or a contract to get some specific work for a specified remuneration.[1] This is a legitimate arrangement as evidenced by the Qur’an and the Sunnah.

:Allah says

‘If, after that, they (i.e. your divorced wives) suckle your infants, pay them for it’ 


‘Said one of the two women “O’ father; Hire him; for the best person that you could hire is one who is strong and worthy of trust”’


:It is confirmed that

‘the Prophet (peace be upon him) and Abu Bakr hired a man from the al-Dayl tribe who was an expert guide’

Related by al-Bukhari, hadith No. 2,264

This was when they migrated from Makkah to Madinah and they wanted him to take them along unfamiliar routes so as to elude their pursuers.

Stern warnings are given to those who do not pay people their agreed wages. Abu Hurayrah reports that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: 

‘Allah Almighty said: I shall be the adversary of three types of person on the Day of Resurrection: a man who has given his word by Me and has broken it; a man who has sold a free man and has consumed the price; and a man who has hired a workman, has exacted his due in full from him and has not given him his wage’

Related by al-Bukhari, hadith No. 2,227

 :Ibn 'Umar reports that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said

‘Give anyone you hire their wages before their sweat has dried.’

Related by Ibn Majah, hadith No. 2,443; al-Quda'i in Musnad al-Shihab, hadith No. 744


  1. Al-Nadawi, Al-Fiqh al-Muyassar, p. 242.