Prayer Facilities to be set up along Highways to Help Muslim Travellers

October 7, 2007

Author: Tusdiq Din

Source: Khaleej Times

PETROL prices are back in the news again with the cost of one litre touching an unprecedented £1 mark at most UK garage forecourts.

Once again beleaguered British motorists have to dig deep into their pockets to keep their vehicles on the road with most of the cost of petrol actually going into the government coffers in the form of taxes.

Contrast this with mainland Europe where motorists pay considerably less for their fuel. But the cost of motoring in France, Spain and Germany for example is no less cheaper than the UK thanks to the tolls imposed on all of the main European motorways.

However, despite the cost of petrol, British motorists will continue their love affair with the roads. No UK car journey would be complete without a stop at a service station to freshen up, get a cup of coffee or a bar of chocolate. If your journey on the M6 breaks at junction 19A in Birmingham, pray.

Yes, that's right pray. In a UK for first time, Muslim motorists will have a purpose built prayer facility to offer daily prayers, courtesy efforts of a Preston-based charity. It has been granted the necessary licence to accommodate Muslim travellers, who up until now had struggled to follow their faith when on the road. If successful, the charity hopes to acquire other prayer facilities at other busy UK service stations for that moment of solace and reflection before you hit the road again.