Site labourers unable to pray

Muslim workers from Al Hamed Development & Construction Company have told Construction Week that the shortage of water in their labour camps is preventing them from saying their daily prayers.

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  June 17, 2006

Muslim workers from Al Hamed Development & Construction Company have told Construction Week that the shortage of water in their labour camps is preventing them from saying their daily prayers. “We can’t even perform our duties as Muslims since we don’t have water to wash ourselves before we pray,” said one worker from Al Hamed. “It’s quite ironic; we’re in a Muslim country and yet we’re unable to fulfill our religious duties over something as basic as water to wash with.” According to Islam, a Muslim is supposed to pray at least five times a day and must wash before each prayer. The prayers are considered invalid and meaningless if these ablutions are not performed. Last week, hundreds of workers rioted in their labour camp following weeks of water and electricity cuts, and with a major population of the workers being Muslim, many became agitated about being unable to perform their ablutions in order to say their daily prayers.

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