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Islamic Council issues Fatwa that forbids Muslims from traveling to Mars

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  • Clerics in the UAE have deemed a colony on Mars as being un-Islamic

The Muslim world, always making news in the silliest, most ridiculous ways. I suppose this is not as bad as the women breastfeeding their male colleagues fatwa, maybe not. But surely not the urine fatwa.

Does anyone really believe this 7th century savage culture has the intellectual curiosity to get to the North Pole, let alone Mars (or even the moon, for that matter)?

This is a case of sour grapes, or raisins, or some such. For all their bluster and bloviating, the Muslims world is hardly known for space exploration. Suicide bombings, yes. Space travel? Not so much.

Mars One has appealed for the Mars fatwa against Muslims applying to take part in trip to the Red Planet. They ask it be called off by the Islamic council. Why they care, let alone prostrate themselves in front of these misanthropes, is beyond me.

If the fatwa ban is lifted, would that mean TSA  checkpoints in the new frontier?

Obama say, “respect it!”

“Fatwa forbids Muslims from traveling to Mars,”  CNET, February 21, 2014

The Mars One project plans to send a crew of colonists to the Red Planet in about 10 years, but Muslims may have to defy a religious edict to make the trip.

Mars One hopes to send colonists to Mars, but a new fatwa forbids Muslims from making the trip.

(Credit: Mars One)

If you were excited about the possibility of taking a one-way trip to Mars in the next decade and you just happen to be an observant Muslim, you may suddenly be out of luck.

The Khaleej Times of Dubai reports that a fatwa committee has forbidden Muslims from taking a one-way trip to the Red Planet. You may recall that the Mars One project aims to send a group of colonists to Mars as soon as 2024, followed by a second group a few years later.

At the moment, there is no technology available that would allow for a return trip from Mars, so it is truly a one-way ticket for the colonists, who may also become reality TV stars in the process.

The committee of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment in the United Arab Emirates that issued the fatwa against such a journey doesn’t have anything against space exploration,Elon Musk’s Mars visions, or anything like that. Rather, the religious leaders argue that making the trip would be tantamount to committing suicide, which all religions tend to frown upon.

“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,” the committee said.

Professor Farooq Hamada, who presided over the committee, explained, “Protecting life against all possible dangers and keeping it safe is an issue agreed upon by all religions and is clearly stipulated in verse 4/29 of the Holy Quran: Do not kill yourselves or one another. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful.”

Hundreds of Saudis and other Arabs have applied to Mars One, and the committee suspects some may be interested in the trip “for escaping punishment or standing before Almighty Allah for judgment,” according to the Khaleej Times.

The committee stood firm in its belief that this approach would be a waste of time and one very long trip: “This is an absolutely baseless and unacceptable belief because not even an atom falls outside the purview of Allah, the Creator of everything.”

In the end, the whole discussion may all be moot, because even though Mars One is moving forward, it’s only raised about 80 percent of its initial $400,000 crowdfunding campaign. That’s not a huge vote of confidence in an international project that will ultimately need billions to succeed.

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