On the train back from Huntington to Kings Cross you pass the site where Arsenal's new Emirates stadium is being constructed very soon after the Finsbury Park mosque.
It is very cheering to see a football stadium sponsored by an Arab airline just after the former HQ of the notorious Sheikh Abu Hamza. It would be funny if Emirates has sponsored Tottenham Hotspur's stadium though as it probably wouldn't sit too well with the nickname the yids.
Which reminds me, when I was researching the Qibla after finding one in our Dubai hotel room I discovered that there is one exception to the direction is which a Muslim faces when praying.
Prayer is always offered towards the Ka'aba in Mecca which is the holiest place in Islam. It is a large granite building in the shape of a cube, but if the supplicant is inside the Ka'ba itself, prayer is directed towards its outer walls. Obvious really.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
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