Skip to comments.Airport adds foot basins for Muslim cabbies Police worry Kansas City 'catering' to Islamic rituals
Posted on 04/29/2007 4:17:20 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
The Kansas City International Airport has added several foot-washing basins in restrooms to accommodate a growing number of Muslim taxicab drivers who requested the facilities to prepare for daily Islamic prayer, WND has learned.
The move concerns airport police who worry about Middle Eastern men loitering inside the building. After 9/11, the airport beefed up its police force to help prevent terrorist attacks.
"Why are we constructing places of worship for them inside our airports?" said an airport official who requested anonymity. "Why are we catering to their rituals? We don't do it for any other religion."
Other major airports also are dealing with increased demands from Muslim cabdrivers.
For instance, cabbies at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport recently caused a stir when they refused to carry passengers possessing alcoholic beverages or accompanied by seeing-eye dogs. Alcohol is forbidden in Islam, and dogs are considered unclean.
There are approximately 250 taxicab drivers operating at KCI Airport in Missouri, one of the largest airports in the U.S., linking some 10 million passengers between mid-America and other U.S. cities. Approximately 70 percent of the drivers are of Middle Eastern heritage and practice the Islamic faith, sources say.
KCI Airport Police are responsible for the cab drivers, including the holding areas of the building. The KCI Aviation Department, which oversees the police, recently expanded the taxicab facility restroom area to include the construction of four individual foot-washing benches.
The cost of the project is not immediately known. A spokeswoman for the engineering department said she could not break out the figures.
KCI Airport Police Capt. Jim Harmon declined comment, explaining, "This is a touchy subject."
He referred questions to the KCI Aviation Department.
In a cleansing ritual known as ablution, Muslims are required to wash their feet before praying to Allah five times a day. They often complain that public restroom sinks do not accommodate their needs. Floor-level basins make it easier for them to perform their foot-washing ritual.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations has pressed government agencies and businesses to install the foot basins in restrooms.
The controversial Muslim lobby group advises employers to allow Muslim workers time to perform both the washing ritual and prayer, which "is usually about 15 minutes," according to a pamphlet CAIR publishes called, "An Employer's Guide to Islamic Religious Practices."
The Islamic purification ritual, known in Arabic as "wudu," involves a 10-step process, which includes:
1. Praising Allah while washing both hands up to the wrist three times, making sure that the water reaches between fingers and under rings.
2. Rinsing out the mouth thoroughly three times, using the right hand (the one not used for cleaning private parts) to bring the water to the mouth.
3. Snorting water into the nostrils from the right hand, three times, to cleanse them of demons that Muslims believe reside there, clearing the passages of any mucous using the left hand.
4. Washing off the tip of the nose with the left hand.
5. Washing the entire face three times from right ear to left ear.
6. Continuing to wash from forehead to throat.
7. Washing the right arm and then the left arm, three times, from the wrist up to the elbow, removing watches.
8. Moving wetted palms over the head from the top of the forehead to the back of the head.
9. Passing the wetted tips of the fingers into the grooves and holes of both ears, and also passing the wetted thumbs behind the ears and ear lobes.
10. Finally, washing both feet to the ankles starting with the right foot, including between the toes, then reciting: "Ash-hadu an la ilaha illal lahu wa ashhadu anna Muammadan 'abduhu wa rasuluh" meaning there is no god but Allah and he has no partners, and Muhammad is his servant and messenger.
OUTSTANDING FReeper comments BUMP!
If it’s in a public restroom, and it’s got water in it, and it’s on the floor, then it’s a urinal and should be used for that purpose. If the muzzies want to wash their feet in the urinals that’s their business.
It is that. . .
As well, and more specifically; it is mind-numbing Liberalism. Politically-correct as per the 'false humility' it is rooted in.
The Liberal mind is sieve now. . .radical Islam. . .the non-war on terror. ..global warming and carbon credits; it all just 'feels' sooooo so good and so virtuous(!)
(Can Libs even spell 'discriminate'? The opposite, of course, being 'idiscriminate'. . .)
A Christian group needs to go in and demand chapels near every gate - to pray before getting on flights, or before getting a cab.
Can they take a M18A1 Claymore and make it look like a foot washing urn?
If all they can find to drive cabs are those aholes they don’t need cabs.
“Yet they wipe their backsides after defecating with their hand.”
Wow! I’ve never met a person who could defecate with their hand.
The problem is that biblical Christianity requires no (not one) ritual (Romans ch. 14; Col. ch. 2; etc.) The TRUE God seeks those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24), not in earthly ritual, earthly washings, earthly temples, earthly shrines or earthly priesthoods.
But(!) I wonder if we could come up with a few rituals (just for the fun of it) that we could say require some modifications of public facilities. I would do it for fun, but I’m afraid somebody would actually create a new religion out of it.
;^). . .A good posting here. . .am e-mailing/sharing this story as an 'fyi to brighten your day'. Perhaps if we start sharing more info. . .some heat will be generated. That said. . .add to this, the 'Muslim cabbies' wanting the 'right of refusal' to use against passengers. . .the Flying Imams. . .the Muslim women's gym. . .basketball and swimming. . .their demands, et al and ad nauseum. . .
Meantime; truly do not like the implications of this 'slippery slope'. . .
It would not require any public money for a Nativity Scene.
Hey! I took a Greyhound bus from Winston-Salem, NC to Nashville, TN a few years ago and there were two very, very smelly rag-heads seated near the front of the bus. I was seated near the restroom. The scent flowed back through the bus and we were gagging!
In Virginia we took a break and I purchased a L A R G E can of Glade air freshener in a convenience store while others went to get burgers or whatever. I sat the can on the floor in the isle. Every few minutes as we traveled along I would reach down and let out a burst.
If I dozed and didn’t spray, the other passengers would, without hesitation, awaken me and ask, “Hey! Where be ‘dat Glade man?!” “Let’s hear sum o’ dat pssss...pssss.” I was the only caucasian on the bus, by the way, and I was a hero on that bus, except to those two rag heads.
I have never been in any airport, except for Ben-Gurion Airport in Israel, that provides kosher food concessions for Jewish travellers.
I once handed a Russian guy a specimen bottle to pee in. The nurse about gagged when she was telling me he somehow shit in it instead....there is only one way he could have cleanly placed a large turd in a tiny bottle.
Wonders never cease.
Once again, blame Bill Clinton for all this. He rewarded Somalia for Black Hawk Down by bringing 90,000 of those savages into America scot free, with most of them becoming cab driving jihadists. Tell your friends this next time they say “I wish Clinton were still President”.
Would they spend even a nickel to accomodate Christians or Jews?
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