Uttar Pradesh: Noida Company Grants Muslim Women Space to Offer Friday Prayers on Terrace
This is the second such company in the city which has made provisions for its Muslim employees to offer Namaz in the office premises.
A garment company in Noida’s Sector 64 has reportedly been providing the Muslim women in its workforce a space to offer Friday prayers on its terrace, for the last ten years.
Hindustan Times reported that on January 11 that around 60 women offered Friday prayers in the company’s terrace. According to the women working in the company, they receive an hour-long break each Friday, between one and two pm to offer prayers.
Speaking to HT, a women employee who chose anonymous said, “On Fridays, the terrace of the factory is divided into two parts, where on one, men assemble and on the other, us women employees, to offer namaz every Friday. Our company has also arranged mats, mattresses and an Imam to assist the namazees.”
The company’s Mumbai-based owner, who also remained anonymous, added, “I have grown up in a household where we have been taught to respect all religions. When I started the company in Noida, there were a considerable number of Muslim employees, and they had to go out every Friday for prayers. I thought that if I have space, why not offer them here? Moreover, I believe that with such religious ceremonies, a positive atmosphere is maintained in the workspace.”
This is the second such company in the city which has made provisions for its Muslim employees to offer Namaz in the office premises. Earlier, in December 2018, the owner of a hosiery company in Sector 58 had provided the office terrace for Muslim employees in his company to offer their Friday prayers.
Noida has been roiling in communal tension after police in the city issued an order in December asking office owners to stop their Muslim employees from offering Friday prayers in open places there. Following the order, parks in Sector 58 have allegedly been watered on Fridays to thwart Muslims from offering their prayers.