North Texas employers answer prayer room requests


12:26 AM CDT on Saturday, August 2, 2008


By JESSICA MEYERS / The Dallas Morning News
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Manzur Mahmud used to hide when he prayed.

He’d duck down in his cubicle at Dallas’ Texas Instruments or scramble to a friend’s office to conduct two of his five daily Muslim prayers. Now the Bangladeshi engineer walks down the corridor and enters a small prayer room.



Left to right, Terry Howard, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, and engineers/managers Manzur Mahmud and Siraj Akhtar in the J Wing Serenity Room at Texas Instruments. The room is used by Muslim employees for prayers. It is also open to all employees.

North Texas companies are increasingly making space for quiet rooms as Muslim employees play a larger role in the U.S. workplace and feel more secure about verbalizing their faith.

Meanwhile, businesses nationwide are seeing a rise in the number of religious discrimination charges. The changing nature of the workplace is forcing organizations to navigate the nuances of religious acceptance

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