U.P. Police has triggered concerns in Noida’s Industrial Hub by ordering that offices and establishments to direct their Muslim employees to stop offering friday prayers in open areas such as parks.
According to the notice issued last week by police stations in Noida, companies will be held liable if their employees are found violating the directive.
Jummah (friday) prayer holds special place in Islam and is one of the most exalted Islamic rituals. Muslim men are obliged to offer the salatul jummah (friday prayer) in congression.
It is learnt that companies in the area have sought meeting with senior officers for clarifications in this matter since it holds them liable for violations of the order by their employees.
Some people hope that after this directives companies will provide space for their muslim employees to offer friday prayers. Though majority of the people fear that this kind of directives will discourage employment of muslims, by placing liability of breaking civic rule, on employers.