A new fatwa

One problem that Islam has in competing with other cultures in the modern economy is that the requirement to pray five times a day -- after a ritual cleansing -- interrupts the flow of work. Even as institutions in the west seek to accommodate Muslim employees and students parts of the Islamic world are wrestling with over long prayer rituals that have gotten entirely out of control.It appears that if an organization's employees are not be highly motivated to begin with, the devotional requirements of Islam offer a handy excuse to keep efforts at a minimum. This is an acute problem in Egypt where nepotism and corruption are widespread.  An official study of government employees estimated that the average amount of time spent actually working was an appallingly low 27 minutes per day!  The long waits this creates for Egyptian citizens and businesses seeking...(Read Full Post)