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(NEW YORK, NY, August 31, 2014) – The Islamic Circle of North America celebrates American workers on Labor Day, whose efforts and achievements continue to form the backbone of the country’s social and economic strength and prosperity,
Labor Day was created by the labor movement of the 1800s who fought against dismal working conditions, low pay and long hours. Labor unions organized to demand safe workspaces and renegotiate fair pay and shorter hours.
“Although workers have made huge gains since they started organizing, we still have much further to go,” said Naeem Baig, president of ICNA. “It is quite unfortunate that we are still fighting for living wages.”
The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, peace be upon him, demanded that workers not be over worked and be paid just wages. Islam advocates kindness and fairness in all dealings.
ICNA is a member of Interfaith Worker Justice which works hard to mobilize people of faith to advocate for economic justice and worker rights. Earlier this year, because of its joint efforts with other organizations, President Barack Obama signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage of federally contracted employees to $10.10 per hour.
“To retain a strong economy, it is essential to maintain a strong labor force,” said Baig. “The only way to do that is to ensure that they are honored and their rights are protected.”
This Labor Day, give a “Thank You” card to an hourly wage worker, and show your appreciation.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. It serves as both a reminder of one of the most traumatizing occurrences to unfold on American soil and as a testimony to the resilience of every community living here in America.