Muslims Warned To Avoid Mars

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”.

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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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15 responses to “Muslims Warned To Avoid Mars

  1. The Fatwa was most likely issued to discourage Muslims from emulating Muhammad’s space journey.

  2. Recognizing that Mars is dangerous is better science than Ham can come up with.
    OT, what is the flat earth society views on other planets? Are they all flat? What about the sun?

  3. I’m not convinced this story is legit.

    Website for General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment (GAIAE), which has a searchable index of ‘fatawa’, doesn’t appear to have anything about Mars. If this story is real, then GAIAE haven’t posted it on their website yet.

    All sources reporting this appear to go back to the same Khaleej Times story which is the source for the Telegraph story you have linked here; if the KT has fallen for a Poe, then so has everyone else.

  4. 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.

    Saying it would pose “a real risk to life” is kind of inline with the nature of a one-way trip to a strange planet. It’s rare for me to agree with a fundamentalist but this is one fatwa I’m probably inclined to go along with..

  5. @Paul S wrote ” other planets" as if the Earth were a planet, and as if any property of the Earth (such as its flat shape) had something to with those things flying in the sky.

  6. Megalonyx pontificates: “I’m not convinced this story is legit.”

    Skepticism is healthy, and we’ve all been hoaxed before. My recent experience was the result of visiting an unknown website. This time I saw the story in a well-known UK newspaper. Perhaps I should have contacted them first, and asked: “Were you there?”

  7. It is interesting how Terra-centric the Muslim religion is. For example on Mars (or in a space craft en route) how do you point to Mecca when you pray? The sight of the new moon is the beginning of the Muslim month, including the holy month of Ramadan. What would they do on Mars with the hurtling moons of Barsoom where the month is 8 or 30 hours?

  8. The article fails to point out that living on Earth leads to death, too.

  9. Stephen Kennedy

    I really do not anticipate humans, Muslim or otherwise, living on Mars. Its thin carbon dioxide atmosphere results in unbreathable air, deadly solar radiation reaching the surface and no liquid water. There is no rush of people trying to live in Antarctica and Mars is usually colder than the South Pole. When you think of the support structure necessary to establish bases in the Antarctic, where people only stay temporarily, imagine what would be needed for the far harsher environment on the Martian surface.

  10. Even worse, they cannot [assume their customary posture] to praise allah, they will have to stand tall and face the earth to be able to point their head towards mecca for prayers.

  11. Come on, L.Long, what am I supposed to do with that?

  12. @Stephen Kennedy: Maybe not, but I dream of the day that we can create a tiny manned station either there or above mars where we can analyze the heck out of it. So much that it can answer. And just imagine if we can find some bacteria there? Or fossils? I know that the DI and Ham would both try to find excuses, but I personally think that it would be the worse thing to happen to Christianity since little George W. went to Washington.

  13. What was wrong? Did I say anything that was untrue?
    Was the statement untrue? It aint my rule that they have to do it, its theirs.
    I was just pointing out that there are many other points to be considered before a long trip. But I did forget to add that the time taken to locate the earth would be long enough to run out of air and pass out.

  14. L.Long asks: “Did I say anything that was untrue?”

    No, but I toned it down because I don’t want to provoke some ultra-sensitive weirdo who may decide to start making death threats. Everything’s okay now.