A prayer generally takes an average of 10 minutes, but it can be extended if a worshipper chooses to recite one of the longer verses of the Koran.
And before the prayers themselves, there is also a mandatory ablution during which worshippers must wash their faces, hands and arms, feet and heads. In large office buildings, the trips to the bathroom can also eat away at valuable work time.
Qaradawi's plea to reconcile faith and productivity may hit some hurdles as it risks upsetting the deeply entrenched custom of "prayer breaks" at work.
Society's increased Islamisation over the past 30 years has already silenced some critics of long prayer sessions.
According to an official study, Egypt's six million government employees are estimated to spend an average of only 27 minutes per day actually working, reflecting a real problem with productivity.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
And I Thought the Guys Who Work at the DMV were Inefficient
I read Bernard Lewis' what went wrong, which covers some of this. This factoid certainly stood out: