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posted by LaminatorX on Thursday February 20 2014, @03:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the 685.98-and-1-nights dept.

girlwhowaspluggedout writes:

Hoping to be a pioneer on the Red Planet? First seek permission from your local cleric. Dubai's Khaleej Times reports that the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment in the UAE has ruled that promoting or being involved in a one-way trip to Mars is prohibited by Islam. The fatwa appears to be a response to Mars One's call for volunteers to make the pioneering trip to the red planet.

According to the General Authority, 'Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam. There is a possibility that an individual who travels to planet Mars may not be able to remain alive there, and is more vulnerable to death.' Because of the inherent dangers of the trip, those who choose to go there are likely to die for no 'righteous reason,' thus incurring 'punishment similar to that of suicide in the Hereafter.'

The Khaleej Times further states that the General Authority fears that some of the volunteers, among whom are 500 Saudis and other Arabs, may be interested in traveling to Mars to escape punishment or to avoid standing before Allah for judgment. The General Authority decreed that 'this is an absolutely baseless and unacceptable belief because not even an atom falls outside the purview of Allah, the Creator of everything.'"

[ED Note: Likening the one-way-ticket to suicide does make some theological sense, but I am saddened that the Authority does not consider space exploration a "righteous reason" to risk one's life. In times past, many great explorers hailed from Muslim societies, and were part of what made them great.]

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Debvgger on Thursday February 20 2014, @04:05PM

    by Debvgger (545) on Thursday February 20 2014, @04:05PM (#3534)

    This was a funny comment but think twice about it: It's already needed to point down if you are on the other side of Earth!

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by LaminatorX on Thursday February 20 2014, @04:08PM

    by LaminatorX (14) <reversethis-{moc ... ta} {xrotanimal}> on Thursday February 20 2014, @04:08PM (#3535)

    This is a solved problem (if it was ever even a problem). There have been Muslims on the ISS, and they worked out the appropriate angles just fine.

    • (Score: 4, Funny) by rcamera on Thursday February 20 2014, @04:18PM

      by rcamera (2360) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 20 2014, @04:18PM (#3544) Homepage Journal

      screw the iss. half the population of new mecca was able to do it until the necromancers busted everything up... the imam was even able to pray on the ship from "planet number two of the m-344/g system"

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by melikamp on Thursday February 20 2014, @04:15PM

    by melikamp (1886) on Thursday February 20 2014, @04:15PM (#3542) Journal
    Near the surface, they can use the spherical geometry, which would provide a well-defined direction at any point but the antipodal one (an anti-Mecca, if you will).