This one is a great puzzlement to us, so we’ll just tell you what we found in London’s Telegraph, without adding any opinion on our part. Their headline is: Muslims ‘warned in Fatwa not to live on Mars’.
But before we get started, dear reader, please understand this: We don’t want any comments that might be provocative. You know exactly what we mean, so don’t give your Curmudgeon any extra work cleaning up your mess. Okay, here are a few excerpts from Telegraph, with bold font added by us.
Muslims have been warned in a Fatwa not to go and live on Mars because it would pose “a real risk to life”, according to a Dubai news organisation. The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment (GAIAE) in the United Arab Emirates said that anyone making such a “hazardous trip” is likely to die for “no righteous reason”.
The Fatwa was apparently issued in response to the proposal from the Dutch company Mars One last year to send four people on a one-way journey to the red planet in 2022.
Here’s a link to the Mars One website. It doesn’t seem very offensive to us, but we don’t see things from a theological point of view. Back to the news article:
“Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam,” the committee said. “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.”
Our only observation here is that the Fatwa doesn’t rule out any other planets, so perhaps the holy gentlemen in the United Arab Emirates know something about Mars that we don’t know.
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