Does the salaah affect Muslim productivity?

A Muslim child in salaah

Sometimes we come across the most weirdest of polemics ever when it comes to attacks on Muslims and Islam on the Internet. Recently, we came across a ridiculous assertion regarding the salaah (Islamic prayer). An Islamophobe stated the following:

I have worked with enough muslims to know that time is taken out of their working day for prayers, As do you. And as such this activity will reduce their productivity. it’s common sense and a factual reality, Don’t embarrass yourself by denying it.

I really don’t think that this person knows what he/she is talking about. I pointed out that during the standard working hours , which is between 8am – 5pm (taking the Malaysian working hours here, I suppose it varies by country), there are only two prayers out of the five that Muslims are supposed to perform. Each do not usually take more than 5 – 6 minutes. How is that going to have any impact on productivity, I asked?

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Defining Islamophobia

The first definition of Islamophobia came from the Runnymede Trust in 1997. It was defined as a “dread or hatred of Islam and, therefore, the fear and dislike of all Muslims”. It also included any act of discrimination against Muslims. It could also involve the perception that Islam has no values in common with other cultures and is a violent political ideology rather than a religion.

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