April 26, 2006
Muslims on Toilets Prohibited From Facing Mecca
Here's another oddity about the practice of Islam which is passed along in the interest of developing an understanding of the everyday lives of average Muslims.
From The Sun Online:
Jail bosses are rebuilding toilets so Muslim inmates don't have to use them while facing Mecca.Jeez, with stuff like this going on, one would expect there to be a thriving community of Muslim comedians. And, what in the heck does a Muslim do in an airplane lavatory? I don't think it's possible to sit sidesaddle on an airplane toilet.
Thousands of pounds of taxpayers money are being spent to ensure lags are not offended.
The Islamic religion prohibits Muslims from facing or turning their backs on the Kiblah -- the direction of prayer -- when they visit the lav.
Muslim lags claimed they have had to sit sideways on prison WCs.
But after pressure from faith leaders the Home Office has agreed to turn the existing toilets 90 degrees at HMP Brixton in London.
Hat Tip: PCWatch