...While the physical needs have been met to a larger extent, the spiritual needs have been disregarded and neglected at these public places.
As hospitals and airports have multi-faith centres to meet the needs of people, shopping centres have failed to pay attention to this vital and important area.
People who are responsible of running these places ought to be reminded about the countless benefits of having multi-faith chapels at shopping centers.
This initiative will generate more revenue by making these places more user-friendly and the atmosphere welcoming to people of diverse ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds. We live in a multicultural society after all where the entire world has come together to form a country we all call home.
Having basic prayer areas will allow the faithful consumer to stay little longer in the mall and shop in peace without having to leave early in order to find a chapel, a mosque or synagogue.Nah. I think shopping malls should stick to what they do best--selling stuff, not sharia. Nice try, though, fella.
A large percentage of consumers who frequently shop at these places are Muslims whose religious requirement is to pray five times a day. Having a larger Muslim population in the GTAA [Greater Toronto Area] that is rapidly growing is something that shopping mall executives should keep in mind.
Other faithful communities also have to commit to their daily rituals such as the Orthodox Jews who have to pray 3 times a day.
Having a multi-faith center which would consist of a quite room will revolutionize the shopping mall industry. It does not even require a lot of money to organize such places. Just a basic room in the middle of the room will do the job.
Multi faith centres will certainly increase the clientele at shopping centers with people who would otherwise have not come to shop or would come in a hasty and quick manner so that they would not miss their prayers.
It will also show that shopping malls do not only care about the almighty dollar. It also cares about the spiritual needs of its customers and therefore respecting them by providing them with such facilities...