Of prayer breaks

Fawaz Aziz; 16/6/09

I do not understand why some government employees are eager to shut government offices for at least an hour a day just to perform Dhuhr prayers? Why do they delay members of the public by using prayer as an excuse? Why do some employees leave work to prepare for prayers? Why do they take longer than the actual prayer to return? Dhuhr prayer takes only 20 minutes from the time people make ablution to the time the prayer ends. Some of our employees leave for an hour. Some of them leave work to pray in public mosques even though they have designated prayer rooms at work. Once I saw a manager of a government office kicking people out of his department because of prayer and asking them to come back after an hour. Some people said the manager might be afraid of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, which ensures offices close for prayers. Others criticized him for kicking people out for prayer without ascertaining whether they are Muslims or not.

See: http://www.arabnews.com/?page=13&section=0&article=123684&d=16&m=6&y=2009