Should the State legislate to allow Muslims to take prayer breaks at work?
My Son in Law is a Muslim and is quite devout in the practice of his faith. The practice of his faith requires that he prays 5 times each day at different times, in various different postures.
The times that he prays change each day according as to the movements of the Sun. He does not feel that the practice of him interupting his work schedule, to observe the devotions demanded by his faith, are accepted by his colleagues and management in his place of work.
He works in the HSE.
He is aware that his Christian colleagues, are called to prayer each day for the Angelus devotion and are facilitated in the workplace with colleagues interupting the work proceedures to observe the devotion.
I explained to him that as I understand matters, there is a right in the State by custom and practice to stop work and pray the Angelus. He considers it reasonable to be afforded a similar privilage to pray.
He believes the his colleagues would have a greater understanding of his spiritual needs if the Employers posted a time table for muslim prayer times in the workplace, just as they facilitate other religious icons in the HSE Buildings to assist the practice of Christian faith.
Should the Government legislate to allow Workers to pray at during work in the workplace?
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