London passengers were shocked and frightened when their bus driver unexpectedly stopped the bus to kick them off so he could pray, British press reported.
The British Muslim convert, identified only as Hrun, told British tabloid The Sun that he asked everyone to get off because he was running late and needed to perform his afternoon prayer.
“I pray five times a day as a Muslim — but I don’t normally ask people to get off the bus to do it,” the Sun quoted Hrun as saying.
Passengers said they were flabbergasted and thought it was all a joke until they saw him roll out his mat and start praying. They then began complaining with one woman shouting, "What the hell are you doing? I’m going to be late for work,” the Sun reported.
When Hrun was finished, he got up and calmly, opened the doors and invited everyone back on, the paper reported.
But the passengers, who noticed that he had a rucksack -- similar to those carried by the 2005 London bombers -- refused to get on, fearing that he might be a fanatic who would blow up the bus, the paper said.
One passenger told the Sun: “After seeing that no one wanted to get on, he drove off and we all waited until the next bus came about 20 minutes later."
The bus company London United said they are investigating the matter.