الخميس، 7 ديسمبر 2006

Impediments to Egypt's progress: (Culture - part 1)


Noon prayer at Nasser's Bank, Downtown Cairo

I wanted to renew my car registration. One of the documents requested for this registration is a certification from Nasser Bank (where I have borrowed the money for the car) that I have paid regularly my installments for this year. I went to Dokki branch, got the paper, then I was told to head for the main branch downtown to stamp it. I went there, parked my car at the Bustan multi-Storey parking, and headed to the main branch of Nasser Bank. I went there about noon. I took the elevator to the roof, where Mr. X is supposed to stamp my certification. To my surprise, they told me that I will have to wait for the noon prayer, and to my further astonishment, I found that most of the emplyees, turned the foyer into a praying space with all the requirements! plastic rugs, curtains to make a place for women, etc...

I spent half an hour to finish this stamping business, and left Nasser Bank with a depressed feeling about what this country has become. I am a Moslem, I don't object to prayer, but I object to employees wasting client's time because they chose to pray. God made the time of Zuhr (noon) prayer extended to Asr (afternoon) prayer so that people can finish their business, and then go to pray. I am not sure that God would like what is happening in Egypt these days.

I remember that time at ACE consultants when engineers used to leave the office to go to pray at a near by mosque! Dr Moharam introduced a new rule that engineers should stamp their time cards out if they wanted to leave the office for prayer outside, and that trend -of leaving the office to pray during working hours- almost stopped. He only told them that he will no longer be paying for their prayer time, if they wanted to be close to God, they needed to pay for that time from their pockets. I really admired him for that.

Being over-religious, if I can call it like this, is a major impediment to Egypt's progress. I will be touching on this subject later, while marking other observations on the society.

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sara يقول...

MAY PEACE BE UPON YOUR SOUL, HEART, MIND, AND BODY.. AMEN.

Well, can I ask, why didn't you pray with them, or in the masjid? You don't pray all the prayers in the masjid?

It's extended out of Allah's mercy, but prayers (with most of the scholars agreement) have to be performed in the mosque, for men, right when it's the 'iqamah' time.. Am I right?

with respect,

Free Thinker يقول...

Thanks for your input Sara although the point of this blog is about wasting time by leaving work to pray. I am against prayer, all what I am saying is that there are no rules giving permission to employees to stop work and pray. Until there is such rule, employees should not use our time to pray, they can pray after working hours.

Pharaoh يقول...

This has become a common scene in Egyptian society and it's not about praying,it's about the freaking hypocrisy that we are living,these people are taking a break from work by praying(as if they are working)and they choosed the best excuse which is praying because it's a taboo that noone can discuss or question,Don't you people realize that helping hundreds of people to finish their things and making the society a better place would please god more?

Free Thinker يقول...

Thanks Pharaoh for your input. I am also glad that someone else is sharing my views! it seems that these days there is only one truth, one right behaviour, one right way of thinking, and anyone who disagrees risks being divorced from his wife, or even worse!

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