How can we treat those under us according to the Prophet’s way?
“Every person starts his day as a vendor of his soul, either freeing it or causing its ruin.”
Muslim “If someone has his brother under his authority, he should feed him from what he eats and clothe him from what he wears and not burden him with anything that will be too much for him.
If you burden him with what may be too much form him, then help him” Al-Adab Al-Mufrad Man finds himself in either of the two situations, with authority or under authority and in any of these he’s expected to have certain excellent behavioral qualities and good mannerism.
This pertinent requirement was aptly emphasised by the Prophet of Islam (pbuh) 1400 years ago when he was molding the best of generations, and if that was the case with those of high spiritual awareness then this generation is most deserving to inculcate this excellent virtue of kindness and humility. In the second hadith referenced above, the Prophet (pbuh) was admonishing a renowned Companion, Abu Dharr Al-Ghifari (RA), on how to treat those under our authority (servants, maids, guards etc).
That we treat them (those under us) as our brothers, our equals, not to insult them, not to overburden them, not to make them inferior. That we have others under our authority as guards, gardeners, housemaids, drivers does not make us any better.
It’s a test from Allah (SWT). There are two categories of people either pious or wretched. These could be found among those with authority and those under authority. Hence, the need to be kind and nice to those under our authority.
Ibn Hajar (RA) said all the Prophets of Allah (AS) have the salient feature of humbleness, they were never arrogant nor proud. In another hadith the Prophet (Pbuh) said, “Help the worker in his work. He that works for Allah (i.e. the servant) will not be disappointed.” What an excellent Prophet we have, teaching the Muslims to help those under their authority when executing tasks given to them.
Agreed, you are paying the housemaid, gardener to trim the flowers, mason and the labourer, but the Prophet of Islam (pbuh) said it’s good to help them out sometimes in carrying out their work.
Shamusu bint Nu’man al-Ansariya (RA) said the Prophet (Pbuh) carried stones that were used to build the first masjid at Quba by himself. Reference to Hadith by at-Tabarani. Undoubtedly, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the most honourable of all Allah’s creatures, yet he didn’t find it below his dignity to carry blocks or to help out in the construction of masjidul Quba.