Noon prayer at Nasser's Bank, Downtown Cairo
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.