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Making time to pray five times daily
March 21st, 2011
01:00 AM ET

Why do Muslims pray five times daily?

Editor's Note: CNN’s Soledad O’Brien chronicles the fight over a mosque’s construction in the heart of the Bible Belt. “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door” airs at 8 p.m. ET March 27 on CNN.

Text by Soraya Salam, for CNN, photos by Angie Lovelace, CNN

ATLANTA, Georgia - It’s 6:00 a.m. The sun isn’t up yet, but Wahaaj Mohammed is.

He’s performing a ritual washing in preparation for his first prayer of the day. He’ll go on to pray four more times before the day is through, a practice called “salat” that many of the estimated 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide perform daily.

It’s a practice that Mohammed, a 21-year old recent graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology, can’t imagine life without.

“It reminds you about God throughout your day,” he says. “At fixed intervals, no matter how busy you are, all of a sudden you have to take out a few minutes and you’re remembering, OK, why am I really here?”

“And while I was doing whatever I was doing, was I doing it in a manner pleasing to God?”

Praying five times a day is considered the second most important of Islam’s five pillars, after professing that there is no god worthy of worship but God and that the Prophet Mohammed is God’s messenger.

Each prayer includes a series of movements, supplications, and recitations from the Quran, Islam’s holy book, in its original Arabic.

Muslims consider prayer to be a spiritual and physical act, with various standing, bending, and prostrating postures symbolizing devotion to God.

“When you’re at your lowest point, your head is on the ground, you’re saying ‘Oh, praise to my God, the most high,’” says Mohammed, who was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. “It’s very humbling.”

Imam Zaid Shakir, co-founder of Zaytuna College - which is aiming to be the first accredited Muslim college in the United States - says salat symbolizes what Islam considers the purpose of creation: to worship God.

“As a human being, I have a physical body, I have an intellect, and I have a spirit, and the ritual prayer involves all three of those aspects,” says Shakir, who is also a professor of Islamic theology at Zaytuna.

“My entire being is involved in my prayer, and that symbolizes the dedication of my entire being to the service of my creator,” he says.

The first prayer, called “Fajr” is performed before sunrise; the second prayer, “Thuhr” comes just after noon; the third prayer, “Asr,” arrives during mid-afternoon; the fourth prayer, “Maghrib,” is just after sunset; and the last prayer, “Isha,” is performed at night.

These prayers are considered an obligation for every Muslim by the time he or she reaches puberty. Mohammed says he has rarely missed a prayer.

Preparation

Before each prayer, Mohammed performs a ritual ablution, called “wudu.” The process involves washing the hands, face, arms and feet. Wudu symbolizes a state of physical and spiritual purity required to stand before God.

“There’s a saying (in Islam) that our external form impacts our internal state, just as our internal state has an impact on our external form,” says Shakir.

When Mohammed is away from home for a prayer, he washes up in a public restroom.

“You do feel kind of awkward,” he says. “And it usually happens, for whatever reason, that someone always walks in and your feet are in the sink and they’re thinking, ‘What’s this person doing?’”

Afterward, Mohammed finds a quiet, clean place to perform his prayer, during which he will face northeast towards the holiest site in Islam, the Kaaba. The cube-shaped building is located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia and, according to Islamic tradition, was built by the prophet Abraham and his son Ishmael.

“(Muslims) all pray in the same uniform way, wherever they are, whether they’re in India or Indonesia or Saudi Arabia or America or Japan,” Mohammed says. “They all pray in the same manner, facing the same direction.”

Mohammed raises his hands to shoulder level while reciting, “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is the greatest,” signaling the start of the prayer.

Making time

Mohammed often gets questioned about how he finds the time to pray so many times a day.

“I think it’s just where you put your priorities,” he says. “If you put (prayer) at a high level, then it’s not hard.”

As a college student, Mohammed would schedule his classes and social events around the prayers. He says they mostly take five to ten minutes to complete and that technology has made it easy for him to remember when to pray.

“When the prayer time starts, (my phone) sends me a text message,” he says. “I know a lot of people that have the iPhone app that gives a little alarm or a text or something. And some people even have the iPhone app that shows them the direction of the prayer.”

Zaytuna’s Shakir says the intervals between prayer demarcate transitions within the day that necessitate the remembrance of God.

“In the morning we’re getting up from our sleep, so we’re beginning that day by praying to our Lord and our creator,” he says. “And then at noon… just as we take our lunch break to replenish our physical body, we take time to reaffirm our commitment to our creator and thereby replenish our spirit.”

“At night, before we turn in and go to sleep to regroup, we don’t know if we’re going to see the new day,” he says. “Once again, (we) take time to acknowledge our creator and the rights he has over us.”

When Mohammed is at his mosque in Atlanta, Georgia, he has the “adhan” to alert him that a particular prayer time has begun. The adhan is the Islamic call to prayer that consists of a series of phrases recited melodiously, including, “God is the greatest,” “Come to prayer,” and “Come to success.”

In Muslim-majority countries, the adhan is called from an outdoor loudspeaker. For Muslims in America, it is recited in the mosque or in the privacy of one’s home. Mohammed compares it to the ringing of a church bell to signify the start of a service.

Mohammed says that in addition to adding structure to his day, salat helps keep him accountable for his daily actions and lets him have a personal relationship with God.

Striving for spiritual success

In the glow of a recent coming dawn, Mohammed and his family complete their first prayer of the day with a phrase in Arabic that means, “May the peace and mercy of God be upon you.”

He notes that the call to prayer before sunrise has an extra phrase added in: “Prayer is greater than sleep.”

“So, no matter what you’re doing in your life, it’s always, ‘God is greater than that’ - whether it’s sleep, whether it’s work, whatever it is, God is the greatest,” Mohammed says, pausing to rub his eyes.

“Behind any type of success,” he says, “there’s always a sacrifice.”

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. JFRA45

    WHY DOES GOD HAVE TO BE WORSHIPED? IF HE IS INFINITE WHY DOES HE NEED WORSHIP FROM MORTALS
    HE CREATED? IS GOD AN EGO-MANIAC?

    May 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  2. Muslim, Arabian, Saudi

    Just prayed al Fajr prayer (the first prayer) and can not be more happier. The only way for Non-muslims to understand the feeling of prayers is to understand what Muslims say during the prayer.

    Please educate yourself and spend sometime searching for what muslims say from the beginning to the end of a prayer. You will then discover the beauty of being attached to the Almighty God.

    God bless you all and big thanks to the greatest news source in the globe CNN.
    Salam to my Jewish and Christian brothers and sisters 🙂

    April 13, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  3. mark

    What a beautiful article CNN! Thank you for being fair and balanced in your reporting. This article was very insightful and inspiring that people today still take time to make God a priority.

    March 31, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  4. arfat-ul-bari

    @ MUNEEF

    Many early Islamic scholars, such as Malik ibn Anas, agreed that Zoroastrians should also be included.

    Zoroastrianism is believed by scholars and historians to have been founded between 1000 BCE and 600 BCE, making it older than Christianity and Islam.

    It shares similar eschatological views with Christianity and Islam, and recognizes life after death, Satan (as Angra Mainyu), Heaven, and Hell.

    March 31, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  5. Muneef

    Al-Anaam sura 06:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    And though We should send down the angels unto them, and the dead should speak unto them, and We should gather against them all things in array, they would not believe unless Allah so willed. Howbeit, most of them are ignorant. (111) Thus have We appointed unto every prophet an adversary – devils of humankind and jinn who inspire in one another plausible discourse through guile. If thy Lord willed, they would not do so; so leave them alone with their devising; (112) That the hearts of those who believe not in the Hereafter may incline thereto, and that they may take pleasure therein, and that they may earn what they are earning. (113) Shall I seek other than Allah for judge, when He it is Who hath revealed unto you (this) Scripture, fully explained? Those unto whom We gave the Scripture (aforetime) know that it is revealed from thy Lord in truth. So be not thou (O Muhammad) of the waverers. (114) Perfected is the Word of thy Lord in truth and justice. There is naught that can change His words. He is the Hearer, the Knower. (115) If thou obeyedst most of those on earth they would mislead thee far from Allah's way. They follow naught but an opinion, and they do but guess. (116) Lo! thy Lord, He knoweth best who erreth from His way; and He knoweth best (who are) the rightly guided. (117).

    Al-Rad sura 13:
    Those who believe and do right: Joy is for them, and bliss (their) journey's end. (29) Thus We send thee (O Muhammad) unto a nation, before whom other nations have passed away, that thou mayst recite unto them that which We have inspired in thee, while they are disbelievers in the Beneficent. Say: He is my Lord; there is no God save Him. In Him do I put my trust and unto Him is my recourse. (30) Had it been possible for a Lecture to cause the mountains to move, or the earth to be torn asunder, or the dead to speak, (this Qur'an would have done so). Nay, but Allah's is the whole command. Do not those who believe know that, had Allah willed, He could have guided all mankind? As for those who disbelieve, disaster ceaseth not to strike them because of what they do, or it dwelleth near their home until the threat of Allah come to pass. Lo! Allah faileth not to keep the tryst. (31).

    Al-Naml sura 27:
    Lo! this Qur'an narrateth unto the Children of Israel most of that concerning which they differ. (76) And lo! it is a guidance and a mercy for believers. (77) Lo! thy Lord will judge between them of His wisdom, and He is the Mighty, the Wise. (78) Therefor (O Muhammad) put thy trust in Allah, for thou (standest) on the plain Truth. (79) Lo! thou canst not make the dead to hear, nor canst thou make the deaf to hear the call when they have turned to flee; (80) Nor canst thou lead the blind out of their error. Thou canst make none to hear, save those who believe Our revelations and who have surrendered. (81).

    Fussilat sura 41:
    Lo! those who distort Our revelations are not hid from Us. Is he who is hurled into the Fire better, or he who cometh secure on the Day of Resurrection? Do what ye will. Lo! He is Seer of what ye do. (40) Lo! those who disbelieve in the Reminder when it cometh unto them (are guilty), for lo! it is an unassailable Scripture. (41) Falsehood cannot come at it from before it or behind it. (It is) a revelation from the Wise, the Owner of Praise. (42) Naught is said unto thee (Muhammad) save what was said unto the messengers before thee. Lo! thy Lord is owner of forgiveness, and owner (also) of dire punishment. (43) And if We had appointed it a Lecture in a foreign tongue they would assuredly have said: If only its verses were expounded (so that we might understand)? What! A foreign tongue and an Arab? – Say unto them (O Muhammad): For those who believe it is a guidance and a healing; and as for those who disbelieve, there is a deafness in their ears, and it is blindness for them. Such are called to from afar. (44).

    March 30, 2011 at 6:27 am |
  6. AmericanPiex

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6nUYUca-ls&w=640&h=360]

    March 28, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  7. Stephanie

    Can it be that God is an such arrogant God that he created us soley for the purpose stated in the article:
    "Imam Zaid Shakir, co-founder of Zaytuna College – which is aiming to be the first accredited Muslim college in the United States – says salat symbolizes what Islam considers the purpose of creation: to worship God."

    Cam someone tell me please if this is truly what Islam teaches? Thanks

    March 28, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Muneef

      Adh-Dhariyat sura 51:
      And warn, for warning profiteth believers. (55) I created the jinn and humankind only that they might worship Me. (56) I seek no livelihood from them, nor do I ask that they should feed Me. (57) Lo! Allah! He it is that giveth livelihood, the Lord of unbreakable might. (58) And lo! for those who (now) do wrong there is an evil day like unto the evil day (which came for) their likes (of old); so let them not ask Me to hasten on (that day). (59) And woe unto those who disbelieve, from (that) their day which they are promised. (60).

      March 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
    • justice

      In islam every good act, whether studying, working, smiling at a neighbor, etc. if done for the sake of God is considered an act of worship. prayer is only one type of worship

      March 31, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
    • sharonmizbani

      The same idea motivates some sects of christianity and is discussed in "the protestant ethic" by Max Weber. In a brief summary, he describes that all actions of protestants is an act of worship therefore it must be done to ones greatest ability, thus creating the protestant ethic. The same idea applies here that worship is a lifestyle not a part time activity.

      Secondly prayer is something that benefits us rather than God. We are in need of Him not He of us.

      I hope I don't sound condescending i meant this with peace 🙂

      June 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  8. William

    One might also ask why does William only pray two or three times a year? I would think that five times a day would be more effective, if not more efficient.

    March 28, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  9. UpChuck.Liberals

    One of the major tenants of Islam is that a true believer does not have to tell an infidel the truth. Those that profess to be Muslim, but do not follow the words of the 'prophet' 100% are not considered to be true muslim and thusly can be killed. I admit I cannot quote chapter and verse of the Quran because it's full of contradictions and to me was written by a mad man, not the words of an angel bringing the word of God. That said, people that quote the Old Testament and relate it to the teachings of the True Son of God, Jesus the Christ are wrong. There is a reason God sent His Son, it was so Man would find salvation, not though a bunch of misguided laws that had become the Jewish religion. The same laws that seem very prevalent and twisted in the Quran. Here's a suggestion. Read the New Testament and let the God that Abraham knew work on you.

    March 27, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
    • Muneef

      UpChuck.Lib.

      Would have believed your story if had Jesus came after Muhammed but since Jesus came before Muhammed then it means you were wronged worshipping your prophet rather than God....for that reason only never any prophet had came from the children of Israel after Jesus and rather had came from the children of Ismael to come to correct and guide those who were misled by the People of the Sabbath....who had to cover their crime by claiming God had Jesus as begotten son and made all the stories surrounding the case...although the believed not in that but was the only way to overcome their crime...besides they were not accepting any converts into their religion so to overcome such situation they had another religion established to host the unwanted masses while leading them astray from the truth by this begotten story or the 3in1 head&sholdures...

      March 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • dogeerf

      Nothing wrong with worshipping the sun god, but you spelled it incorrectly.

      March 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  10. Browser

    All the praying – even all day long – does not do any good if you pray to a buddah or Mohammed. The God of the Bible is the true God because he sent Jesus to show us how to live. There is no better example, no more integrety, no more goodness, no more wisdom, no more courage and LOVE than Jesus. But Jesus does not only love, he hates all who hate him and he will send them to hell. Read the bible fully and it gives you the truth. Mohammed was a warrior and he killed thousands of people. He was power hungry. He was NOT God.

    March 27, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
    • Steve Densmore

      Your post shows how uneducated you really are. Muslims are not allowed to pray to anyone but God.

      March 27, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
  11. Kuwait

    Islam and muslim is a hate religion. you know what I find in your koran.

    THIS IS ISLAM, THE SO CALLED "RELIGION OF PEACE" :
    "Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.” Koran 2:191
    “Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood.” Koran 9:123
    “When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them.” Koran 9:5
    “Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable.” Koran 3:85
    “The Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them.”... Koran 9:30
    “Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam” Koran 5:33
    “Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies.” Koran 22:19
    “The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims to fight them.” Koran 8:65
    “Muslims must not take the infidels as friends.” Koran 3:28
    “Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an.” Koran 8:12
    “Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the infidels.” Koran 8:60

    there is a beautiful scripture from our Lord's Bible.

    John 3:16
    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, who whoever believes in him (Jesus) shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn, but to save the world through him (Jesus).

    There are more beautiful, peace and love scriptures in any Lord's bible. Your muslim bible ( Koran) is full of hate. Muhammed never loves any muslim, but Jesus still loves Muslims and anyone else whoever believes in Him. Only way go to Heaven is to worship and believe in Him. No any of any religion, no church, no quran, no temple and no synagogue can save you, but Only Our Lord, Jesus can save you.

    Amen

    March 27, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
    • shah

      Funny how you change the story whenever you take lines out of context. It would take me a long time to look up every sentence you quoted and prove how wrong you actually are, but I am a college student and need to go to class in the morning, so I'll just do the first one:
      2:190 says :"And fight in the way of Allah with those who fight you, and do not exceed the limits, surely Allah does not love those who exceed the limits." The ACTUAL translation of 2:191 says: "And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight you in it, but if they do fight you, slay them; such is the recompense if the unbelievers." If someone attacked me or my family or my country, of course I'd do everything in my ability to get them out. Self Defense

      March 28, 2011 at 1:25 am |
    • zeina

      you my friend are interpeting this all wrong! you do not understand islam it is all about peace! prophet muhammed was very mercyful one it was raining when they were going to war and he got lost from his soldiers so he went and sat under a tree till they come back and a man saw him and said " so you are muhammed who can stop me from killing you now?" the prophet answered " allah will protect me" the man dropped the knife and the prophet took it he said who can stop me from killing you:? the man replied saying "no one" the prophet didnt kill him he gave him back his knife the man looked at muhammed and said
      surely you are better than me!" ISLAM IS ALL ABOUT PEACE!

      April 29, 2011 at 2:58 am |
  12. william

    did you not know that Mohammed was a mass murderer, a rapist and a paedophile?? – you want that as your leader and in the name of religion? did you not know that the koran is an uninspired scribbles of a madman bent on world domination?
    did you not know that the word 'love' is not mentioned in the koran?
    can you not understand that Islam is a vicious cult – burying a woman to her in sand and then stoning her – how about her co-adulterer?

    March 27, 2011 at 11:02 pm |
    • dogeerf

      All religions are cults, but only a few have their own university & a football team.

      March 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  13. Kuwait

    If your heart is full of hatred... then pray 1,000,000,000 time a day... will not help.

    follow a child rapist, mass murder... is not a way to peace.... and will reward hell after life on earth.

    I gave up on Muhammad!

    Follow Christ's teaching... you will have peace on earth... and life after life

    March 27, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
    • Fahad

      To be a Muslim is to follow all God's orders and believe in all of God's holy books and prophets.
      Starting from Abraham (peace be upon him): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_views_on_Abraham

      Through Jesus (peace be upon him): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_in_Islam

      To finally Mohammed (may peace be upon him): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad

      May God guide you, I, and the humanity to the right path and make heaven our place in the afterlife.. Amen Amen Amen

      Thank you CNN

      April 13, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  14. Browser

    Please do not mislead people into hell with your comments. Jesus does NOT love Muslims, get your fact right and read the bible! He hates all who refuse him and will send them into hell. The bible says he hates not only their sin but also THEM. That's the fact of the bible. Now so many Christian teachers teach a false Jesus, the lovey dovey type. Yes he loves people as he gave his live for them but he gave it ONLY TO HIS ELECT, and that is only the ones who love him from the heart and live by his commandments. If you do not love him and believe he is God and do his commandments, you WILL go to hell says the bible, not me.

    March 27, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
    • UpChuck.Liberals

      I believe you're basically correct, but somewhere you've made a left turn. This pretty much says it all......For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
      John 3:16

      March 27, 2011 at 11:55 pm |
    • Reed

      Obviously you don't know what you're saying... because Jesus is one of the 3 major prophets of Islam. He plays a big role in Islam. We believe in Moses, Abraham, Noah, Adam, etc... Jacob, Joseph, David, all them. READ the qu'ran someday and educate yourself. Obviously you only have the education of a fifth grader by reading your statements.

      April 2, 2011 at 5:23 am |
    • Margroks

      No, I distinctly remember Jesus saying "love they neighbor as thyself." And while I do question the need to pursue a religion with such intensity, be it praying five times a day or always going to church on Sundays, I will allow other people to do whatever theyw ant as long as they can understand it's none of their business what I or other people do. That seems to be the sticking point on so many religions-it's all one sided. There are too many things about all organized religions which would prevent me from getting involved, like fundamentalist Christians who think women should be subservient to men, which also is a part of Mormon religion and in many places, where Muslim findamentalists want to keep women under their thumb and inculcate that into their religion. That I won't stand for no matter where it appears.

      As for mosques-we have one here in Bloomington, Indiana and I have no problem with it at all.

      April 5, 2011 at 10:58 am |
  15. Browser

    And we Christians pray all day long when we talk to the Father. The Muslims are into rituals but inside their heart is hard and cruel when they hate people who believe in different Gods.

    March 27, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • Muneef

      Browser.

      Those you mention would be the uneducated ones who were prepared to be blind and brain washed to kill infidels as was tought to them to do the fighting for some countries their wars during the cold wars of NATO and WARSO conflicts but although that game is over now unfortunately they still held in the same mentality.

      March 28, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  16. restion

    jag-offs all

    March 27, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
    • MoHammed

      Do you mean we do a fast motion of up and down with our hand. I have been doing that all day and It feel real good !!

      March 27, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
  17. Al

    As a devote Catholic living in the Philippines where the religion is 92% Catholic, the majority of us pause from "all" daily activity 5 times a day to give praise and thanks to God. The stores, "schools" and industry in general comes to a 3 minute halt at 6 am, 9am, Noon, 3 pm and 6 pm to remember where we come from. You should try it sometime. It just might give you a whole new insight as to where we stand in this life.

    As far as Muslim this and Muslim that, just remember that most of what you hear is HYPE promoted by the news media to sell what it is pedaling. One seldom receives a Pulitzer prize for printing "Good News" !

    March 27, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
    • MoHammed

      Hey, maybe you should convert to Muslim so you can be my friend. Right now you are just an outsider.

      March 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm |
    • UpChuck.Liberals

      Try being a devout Catholic in Saudi Arabia or Pakistan. Islam is so fragile that they have to protect their 'thoughts' from any outside influence. Which you can see by some of the comments from the Muslims here. "Convert so we can be friends". Yep that makes perfect sense to me when someone has THAT mentality. May the Peace of The Son be with you.

      March 27, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
    • Steve Densmore

      To the person who said the guy should convert to Muslim. You're not very smart. Islam is the religion, Muslims are the followers.

      March 27, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
    • MoHammed

      @Steve Densmore – Of course that the way we are. we have been living in the dessert for too long and drinking camel milk all day & praying to Allah. What do you expect.

      March 28, 2011 at 12:09 am |
    • shah

      @MoHammed
      Majority of Muslims are actually in south east Asia, Indonesia being the most populous Muslim country

      March 28, 2011 at 1:00 am |
    • MoHammed

      @shah – oh ya, I forgot. Silly me 🙂 teehee !!

      March 28, 2011 at 1:16 am |
    • Muneef

      Warning to all that Mo thing is not a Muslim just an azz with a stinking smelly unwashed behind who messes up with donkeys things and worship some idol called shilla or shalla but pretends to be a Muslim to irritate every body...!!!

      March 28, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
    • dogeerf

      It would be nice to 'come back' in1,000 years to see if mankind has been able to throw off all of these barbaric religions.

      March 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  18. DMcK

    Muslims are pulling public sinks from the walls by the pressure made by sticking their feet up in them. Because of this some universities have illegally built 'footbaths' (religious money spent in secular taxpayer schools), instead of requiring these muslims to fill plastic water bottles and wash off their feet at ground level – preferably outside of the building. Or maybe they should flush off their feet in the toilets instead of ruining the sinks!

    March 27, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
    • LRoy

      Actually that's not a bad idea...having a foot bath instead of a sink. I'd love to soak those tootsies in hot soapy water. And I'm not Muslim either.

      March 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
    • MoHammed

      That a good idea, I've been washing my feet in the sink all these years. From now on, I just stick my feet in the toilet and flush and it will be clean. 😉

      March 27, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
    • Steve Densmore

      Some idiots, like you, will look for anything to complain about.

      March 27, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
  19. asimj

    If a whole bunch of folks commit terrorist acts in the name of a religion. its justified to investigate that religion to see what is the motivator there. but if crimes are committed by a someone from a random religion and who happens to be of christian or some other heritage it doesn't make sense to keep his religion accountable. that is the difference for crazies who keep mentioning oklahoma bombings!

    March 27, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
    • John

      Where do you get your analogy? There are plenty of Christian extremists in USA trying to kill Muslims. You heard about time square bomber who was caught with fireworks and you never heard of the California guy caught in Michigan with fireworks in a mosque parking lot trying to set it off. It is how media portrays it. There were mosques burned down in Tennessee just last year similar to church burnings in the 60s. You never heard of those but if a Muslim guy will ever get caught with just a gun close to a Church, the whole Islam is put on trial.

      How many dead Iraqis from the war that our republican president called a crusade?
      We are helping Libyans because they want freedom but if those were Palestinians fighting Israelis for freedom, we will be on what side?
      Get your mind out of the gutter. All humans have the same rights. You are not special.

      March 28, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  20. NotAMuslim

    Too much religion is not good for the soul. That's why the middle east still lives in the middle ages. It's also why Islam has so many zealots!

    March 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
    • james

      Applies to the Jews in Israel too, don't you think?

      March 27, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
    • justme96

      funny, considering that during the acatual middle ages, the islamic empires were light years ahead of Western Europe. Have you ever studied history? You should check it out sometimes. it's amazing how many of your stereotypes will get thrown out the window.

      March 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
    • shah

      Republicanism? Also, Muslim scholars developed geometry, the alphabet, made numerous discoveries in medicine and science, as well as invented some of the building blocks for today's technology. Watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk7Qhy50FNE&feature=related

      March 28, 2011 at 12:54 am |
    • Julie in Austin

      @shah: The alphabet? I think not. The word "alphabet" comes from the Greek letters "alpha" and "beta". Those come from the Hebrew letters "alef" and "bet".

      And for anyone who thinks this is a simple coincidence, the third letter is "gimmel" ("gamma" in Greek), which gives us "camel" and "dalet" ("delta" in Greek).

      March 28, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
    • Muneef

      This might give some brief idea of Islamic inventions;

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_inventions_in_medieval_Islam

      March 28, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
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