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.
My guess is that in the next few years, the U.S. will look more like an Arab country than the Middle East does, especially if the Dems get in the White House.
This is a clear case of government encouraging a specific religion, a violation of the Second Amendment. Where is the ACLU when we need them?
I think it is the 1st
I wonder why they don't accomodate Christians also? Maybe Christians should raise hell.
Besides Eid Al-Fitr, the other major Islamic festival is 'Id Al-Adha or Eid al-Adha (Arabic, "Festival of the Sacrifice"), which is also known as 'Id al-Qurban or al-'Id al-Kabir (Major Festival).
Eid al-Adha celebrates the completion of the hajj (pilgrimage) rites at Mina, Saudi Arabia, but is celebrated by Muslims throughout the world. Eid Al-Adha begins on the 10th of Dhu'l-Hijja, the last month of the Islamic calendar, and lasts for three days.
The Festival of the Sacrifice commemorates the God's gift of the ram in place of the biblical patriarch Ibrahim's (Abraham's) son Isma'il (Ishmael). (In Judaism and Christianity, the child in this story is Ishmael's brother Isaac.) During the festival, families that can afford to do so sacrifice an animal such as a sheep, goat, camel, or cow, and then divide the meat among themselves, the poor, and friends and neighbours.
Like 'Id al-Fitr, 'Id Al-Adha begins with communal prayer at daybreak on its first day. 'Id al-Adha is also a time for visiting with friends and family and for exchanging gifts.
Animal sacrifice. I would love to see the Left will explain their tolerance of this to their animal rights friends. We shall see, I suppose.
Having been in a few cabs around the country, a good supply of Speed Stick and air freshener would be a better choice.
Soon they will be adding beheading rooms and places to kill non-believers, complete with video cameras and an internet connection so they can post the pictures online without any trouble. /scarasm off
Turn air ports into masques, that should encourage people to fly...
Fire the freakin' cowards.
I've become very aware of simular words in just about every report reguarding American capitulation to any group/minority/program/authority .. whatever ... fill in the blank.
Someone is worried or afraid.
It sure as hell came from Muhammad's imagination and what he could steal from Christians, Jews and the local Pagan customs.
"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."
They believe demons reside there....lol!
They are going to provide foot baths and Christians can't have a nativity scene!
Sadly; so true. Worst is that this appeasement is not for the 'average' Muslim who came here years ago; to have a better life. Nooooo; this new obsession to 'make nice' is a reachout to those who share or are inclined. . .to Islam's 'radical side'; to those whose agenda is to do just that; 'radicalize' America in their own 'religious image'.
That we are so accomodating only predicts our peril ahead.
We keep asking 'why' we are doing this; but little real outcry from the American community at-large and so to speak.
Oh. . .that's right. . .the rising class of citizens has been 'grown' by the worst 'free to be' Liberal Education. So; of course they would not discriminate. . .make judgments about others. . . 'We ARE. . .PC'!
While the mind-numbed slept. . . We should all fear, the rest of the story here. . .
As for the fearful and silent Muslims; well; if we could get PBS to allow their story to be aired; maybe more American's would wake up. But for the likes of PBS. . .and Lib-Lefties et al; that would be a bad thing'; for sure.
You’re such an intolerant ogre. I should’ve expected you to say something like that. /”offended” impression
Good ‘Ol Uncle Sap!!!!!!!!!!
For sure. . .eventually it will be. . .we will convert OR. ..Die; but hey. . .too late smart is just that.
Yet they wipe their backsides after defecating with their hand.
Mohammed is laughing his backside off in hell at all the nonsense he puts these drones through!
This isn't only a religion of 'peace' it's a religion of stupidity.
Now, as to our governmental faceless, politically (in)correct tin gods, accommodating evil followers of this religion, I ask: how long are we going to allow these liberal pansies to rule us and our institutions?
I feel very uncomfortable reading the word "throat" in an article about Muslims.