In todays Daily Telegraph, London (February 09), there is a news item about a 'true namaazi. We are told that he is a Muslim and a bus driver who stopped his bus in running traffic to start prayers in the aisle. The bus, we are told, was full of passengers, the doors locked and nobody could leave or enter the bus while he did what he did. And to top it all, he didnt even make any announcement or offer any explanation. In the UK, the authorities provide prayer rooms in hospitals, airports, hotels and educational institutions etc where even facilities for wazoo and prayer-mats facing the Qibla are provided. One would expect namaazis to be as humble and pious as they are considerate towards others (they are elsewhere). Not so here. They ignore all rules and are generally found praying in corridors, dining halls and stair-halls, blocking pedestrian traffic and disrupting other peoples business. They often leave bathrooms in a mess too. The British Muslims have been seen praying in the aisles of flying planes. In general, there is an air of arrogance bred of presumed piety about themselves in these people, as if they are superior to all others. Oh, where is the humility that is the hallmark of a true worshiper? Sometime back I was listening to a radio talk show. A Muslim caller was on line. He was demanding that Muslim workers should be given breaks five times a day for prayers during office hours. I was driving, so I could not join the discussion. But really i would have liked to ask how did he include Fajar and Isha, two prayers that are (generally speaking) outside the office hours? Why could he not offer his Zohar prayers during lunch break and a short Asr prayer during an afternoon coffee break? Why do we have to make everything so difficult for everyone?-KHALID A, London, February 17