'Twas the summer of 1992 and I'm driving up route 81 towards Syracuse in my police issue Dodge Diplomat (loved that car, built like a brick shit house) My aunt happened to be with me during this trip and being a devout Muslim, she started praying in the car. This is done while seated, and certain gestures are used to emulate the real motions one whould go through if they had a place to stand. I must say, it was extremely un-nerving to witness while driving, and I avoided passing and being passed by other cars, just so no one would see her. (Does that make me a bad person, or just an ignorant 21 year old?) My point is this: The six imams traveling from Minneapolis to Phoenix, should NOT have gone out of their way to invite such attention and scrutiny. I can't speak for their appearance and attire, but presume that their language seemed intimidating enough for Joe Schmo W.A.S.P. to wet himself.
Praying in the terminal was a poor choice. That three of the imams did not pray in the terminal is a bit telling- means we have a compaasionate and understanding G-d, who would rather see people travel safely and unfettered than be worshipped, at least in certain delicate circumstances. So give it a rest. My forehead hasn't touched a prayer rug in over ten years, and G-d loves me just the same as he loves you IMHO.. Oh, and gratuitous use of the word "Allah" in the presence of others- bad idea. Regrettably, for many Americans it has the same ring to it as the words "...make my day". Get my drift?
I know this sounds extremely anti-Muslim, especially coming from one whose religion is also "other", but I will also say this: The person who wrote a note and passed it to US Airways staff is a fucking weenie with an ax to grind.