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“Get off my bus, please, I need to pray, video” from The Sun)

A MUSLIM bus driver told stunned passengers to get off so he could PRAY

The Sun UK ^ | March 29 2008 | ALEX PEAKE and ANDY CRICK

The white Islamic convert rolled out his prayer mat in the aisle and knelt
on the floor facing Mecca. Passengers watched in amazement as he held out
his palms towards the sky, bowed his head and began to chant. One, who
filmed the man on his mobile phone, said: “He was clearly praying and
chanting in Arabic. “We thought it was a wind-up at first, like Jeremy
Beadle.” The 21-year-old plumber added: “He looked English and had a London
accent. He looked like a Muslim convert, with a big, bushy beard.
“Eventually everyone started complaining. One woman said, ‘What the hell are
you doing? I’m going to be late for work’.” After a few minutes the driver
calmly got up, opened the doors and asked everyone back on board. But they
saw a rucksack lying on the floor of the red single-decker and feared he
might be a fanatic. So they all refused. The passenger added: “One chap
said, ‘I’m not getting on there now’. “An elderly couple
also looked really confused and worried. “After seeing that no-one wanted to
get on he drove off and we all waited until the next bus came about 20
minutes later. I was left totally stunned. It made me not want to get on a
bus again.” The bizarre event unfolded on the number 81 in Langley,
, at around 1.30pm on Thursday. The passenger said he rang the bus
firm to complain but claimed it did not believe him. He said: “They asked
me, ‘Are you sure?’. Then they said they would get back to me, but they
weren’t taking me seriously at all.” Yesterday the driver, who said his name
was Hrun, told The Sun: “I asked everyone to get off because I needed to
pray. I was running late and had not had time. “I pray five times a day as a
Muslim – but I don’t normally ask people to get off the bus to do it.”
Muslims pray at pre-dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset and evening. A
spokesperson for bus company London United said: “We are aware of a
reported incident involving our route 81. “We are currently undertaking a
full investigation into the matter.”


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