Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Footbath


DEARBORN, Mich. — When pools of water began accumulating on the floor in some restrooms at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and the sinks pulling away from the walls, the problem was easy to pinpoint. On this campus, more than 10 percent of the students are Muslims, and as part of ritual ablutions required before their five-times-a-day prayers, some were washing their feet in the sinks.

The solution seemed straightforward. After discussions with the Muslim Students’ Association, the university announced that it would install $25,000 foot-washing stations in several restrooms.

Universities Install Footbaths to Benefit Muslims, and Not Everyone Is Pleased - New York Times.


Having studied in the US, I very much admire their tolerance and accommodation to all belief systems. Yet it seems not everyone is happy about the latest accommodation to Muslims.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well ! its the begining , things will get better.

They should make some of those for obultion in Kuwait's Malls , a lot wash their feet in the sink inside the Mall. Isn't 98% of the genrral population Muslim here ?

Anonymous said...

I saw the same at Alsalmiya Mall next to the City Center exit.