No exemption is too absurd to be demanded, though — that's the conclusion I've come to. In Britain, a Muslim bus driver didn't refuse to let someone off at the "wrong" place, he insisted that everyone get off because he wanted to pray! I can understand how important the five daily prayers are to Muslims, but Muslims surely understand that jobs in a non-Muslim society can easily make the prayers difficult. It's wrong for a single Muslim to inconvenience or burden lots of non-Muslims for a prayer that could be performed at a slightly different time.
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.”
Source: The Sun
The Sun isn't the most reliable source of accurate news, but it appears that this story is genuine and that the bus driver wasn't playing a joke on anyone. I think that I'd have been as astonished and annoyed as the passengers were. It isn't just that the driver stopped to pray, but that he felt it necessary for force everyone off the bus first. If he felt comfortable doing it in the middle of the job and on the bus, why would he have suddenly been uncomfortable by the presence of non-Muslims still on the bus?
“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’.
Some of the passengers complained to the bus company and at first they apparently didn't believe what happened. I don't blame them, but fortunately they started to take it seriously once the story started spreading and are investigating the matter. I hope that they come to reasonable resolution to this because if they don't, they will have a lot of unhappy and distrustful customers.
If I employed Muslims, I'd make an effort to ensure that they would have the time and space necessary to pray. It would be ridiculous not to make things easier for them, but at the same time they would have to understand that the needs of the job might not always be convenient for their prayer schedule. Sometimes, they would have to deal with inconvenience for their prayer time in order to not inconvenience customers or clients.