Muslim workers stir it up with Dell computer over walking away from their work stations to pray:
Workers stir it up over transporting airline passengers with unopened alcoholic beverages:
Cargill fires Muslim workers over prayer time dispute:
Please read the above link. The workers violated workplace policies. They did not show up for work for three days and they did not call in sick. At my place of employment being more than seven minutes late for work thrice, and the worker is counseled. Even being consistently late is cause to release from employment.
Sure: Early Muslims could pray five times a day. They were shepherds and herders, caravan raiders. That left a lot of time to pray. Tribal Muslim cultures, drowning in the poverty and misery of their own making can pray five times a day. There is no accountability, industry, nor clock to punch.
But in America, we work. And we work damn hard… sometimes without breaks… sometimes long hours. And we don’t bitch about it. But we do go home and pray. And we attend our houses of worship when our job allows us a day off to attend such things. But as Americans, we DO NOT DEMAND the same. We are sensible. Logical. Fair-minded about the needs of our employer.
Predatory religious practices destroy our social compact. These practices also create immense morale problems for corporations. The bitching demographic intimidates those who understand the boundaries between employment and private belief.
The fit hit the shan at Cargill and the shovel in the Muslim’s hand against employers is their belief. This belief comes primarily from Ahadith. The Qur’an and Sunnah are married to each other. But in fact, Hadith (what makes up the Sunnah) presents as the Alpha male. The Sunnah is the words, actions, deeds, and silences of Muhammad – the man who is to be emulated in entirety.
Hadith are made up of matn and snad (or isnad). The matn is the text. The snad/isnad is the narrator or chain of narration.
Here is a text narrated by Ibn Abbas – one of the more prolific narrators of Hadith:
“Once a delegation of ‘Abdul Qais came to Allah’s Apostle and said, “We belong to such and such branch of the tribe of Rab’a and we can only come to you in the sacred months. Order us to do something good so that we may (carry out) take it from you and also invite to it our people whom we have left behind (at home).” The Prophet said, ” I order you to do four things and forbid you from four things. (The first four are as follows): 1. To believe in Allah. (And then he: explained it to them i.e.) to testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and (Muhammad) am Allah’s Apostle 2. To offer prayers perfectly (at the stated times): 3. To pay Zakat (obligatory charity) 4. To give me Khumus (The other four things which are forbidden are as follows): 1. Dubba 2. Hantam 3. Muqaiyat 4. Naqir (all these are utensils used for the preparation of alcoholic drinks).”
This is a Hadith by a man named Abdullah. (Abd means slave, hence “Slave of Allah”)
I asked the Prophet “Which deed is the dearest to Allah?” He replied, “To offer the prayers at their early stated fixed times.” I asked, “What is the next (in goodness)?” He replied, “To be good and dutiful to your parents” I again asked, “What is the next (in goodness)?” He replied, ‘To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah’s cause.” ‘Abdullah added, “I asked only that much and if I had asked more, the Prophet would have told me more.”
What about the alcohol issue noted above with the cabbies?
Recently, a Muslim flight attendant refused to serve alcoholic beverages. Lemme see. You have two primary service tasks. Serve food. Serve alcoholic beverages. You have just burdened your co-workers with picking up your slack. And you have cut your workload in half! Perfect!
Where did this woman get such a notion in her ‘noggin?
The notion comes from Hadith. Muhammad said, “Whatever intoxicates in large amounts is Haraam in small amounts.”
Of course if we could merely get this notion to apply to the Cheesecake Factory we might have a lot less fat people walking around. But yet, Americans have a right to commit acts of gluttony, smoke, and enjoy a glass of wine with a good steak. We have our rights because of our social compact. Another right we have is to not be subjected to the rigidity of other employees religious practices, nor to be intimidated by religious overtones in the workplace. This lack of workplace parity is a morale killer.
Cargill has an intimidation problem. Islam, has a predatory practice problem.
Islamic law must not be allowed to be superimposed over our Republic because it functions like bag worms on the Tree of Liberty.
The uneasy question follows, yet we are afraid to speak it for fear of appearing bigoted. Will the Muslim you hire today be the Muslim you are afraid to fire tomorrow for seeking to enforce Shari’ah applications in your place of business?
Also: Do your employees have the right to live free of Shari’ah application in the workplace? Can they work in a secular and happy environment unburdened by the rigidity which others seek to enforce? Freedom brings happiness. Allah – keeps slaves.