Airport sharia

An aspect of the kudzu-like expansion of sharia is the takeover by Muslims of prayer rooms in international airports.

Here in Hong Kong, a prayer room, officially non-denominational, is located in Terminal 1 of the Hong Kong airport, and another is located in Terminal 2.  Each “non-denominational” prayer room supports Mohammedism, to the detriment of all other religions.

The Terminal 1 prayer room has an Islam-required washup area.  It is a permanent installation.  There is a similar permanent installation in Terminal 2.

Also, each prayer room has an indicator of the way Muslims are to face for prayers.  The indicator is permanent.  In Terminal 1, the indicator is etched into the ceiling.

There is an accompanying square, etched into the floor.  The square, which is permanent, is of the right size for the side-by-side placement of two prayer rugs.

Further, each prayer room has cubbies for storage of religious articles.  Only Muslim prayer rugs were in cubbies.  No religious articles of any other religion.

I observed, at times, Muslim men at prayer.  Only men.

Christians are shut out of the prayer rooms in the Hong Kong airport.  No prayer room has a cross or a crucifix, etched or otherwise, permanent or temporary.  No prayer room has a vestry.  There is neither tabernacle nor aumbry.

A Muslim murder spree of airport passengers would be ignited were consecrated wine stored in a cubby.

Jews are shut out of the prayer rooms as well.  No prayer room has a mezuzah.  No prayer room has a lectern for resting a siddur, and no prayer room has an ark.  There is no mizrach (indicator of the direction to face for prayers).

Buddhists are shut out of the prayer rooms.  No prayer room has a niche wherein a statue of the Buddha can be placed for veneration.  No prayer room has shelving whereon offerings of incense sticks, candles, fruit, and flowers can be displayed.

I wrote to the Hong Kong Airport Authority to call attention to the “non-denominational” imbalance in favor of Mohammedism.

The reply letter extolled the multiculturalism of Hong Kong.  Included with the letter was a promotional flyer.  It had photographs of the façades of three or four churches and temples and some words about each of them and a commendation of the friendly relations, in Hong Kong, among all religions.

Contra: Day and night, numerous guards are present in the courtyard of the Kowloon Mosque in Hong Kong.  The guards keep tight control of entry into the mosque.  Try, just try, gentle reader, to show up at the mosque, to declare yourself a non-believer, and to gain entry into the mosque by virtue of the friendly universality of the transnational and multicultural brotherhood of all men of all faiths.

There are mosquelike prayer rooms in six American airports.  In the seventh American airport, there is more than a prayer room.  Kennedy Airport in New York City has a mosque. 

The Time article has a photograph of the interior of the Kennedy Airport mosque.  The photograph shows men at prayer.  Only men.

The imam of the mosque was quoted.  “It’s the only mosque of its kind in the country[.] ... It’s its own mosque, not just a room, which is what most airport mosques are[.] ... We are our own place, we have our own services, we are our own community within the chapels here. It’s very different from anything in America.”

Very different, but not for long.  Within a decade, mosques will be standard facilities in all major American airports.  The portent is Denver Airport.  A description of its two prayer rooms: “One room is for Muslims and the other for Christians and Jews.”  Muslims will be favored with a large space.  Everyone else will be squeezed indiscriminately into a small space.

Stephen Kruger is a lawyer in Hong Kong. Email him on