Islamic leaders prohibit one-way trips to Mars
According to the Khaleej Times, the fatwa committee of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment in the United Arab Emirates issued the fatwa after determining that “such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam.” They continued, “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 says participating in the “hazardous trip” to Mars, will likely result in death for no “righteous reason.” This means that the unfortunate Mars adventurer will face a “punishment similar to that of suicide in the Hereafter”.
You may be wondering why anyone would want to take a one-way trip to Mars, and honestly I wonder that myself. However, Dutch company Mars One plans to do just that, and they received over 200,000 applicants vying to take the trip. In December of 2013 the group was paired down to 1058 candidates. If there are any Muslim candidates they may now want to reconsider.
Mars One candidates infographic created by Outer Places. Full size graphic can be found at: http://www.outerplaces.com/mars-one.html. (Credit: OuterPlaces.com)
Reportedly, around 500 Saudis and other Arabs applied for the Mars One mission. The fatwa committee believes that some of them may be fleeing to Mars to escape punishment from Almighty Allah. However, the committee says not even traveling to Mars will allow one to escape Almighty Allah’s judgment. They say, “This is an absolutely baseless and unacceptable belief because not even an atom falls outside the purview of Allah, the Creator of everything.”
Mars One plans on releasing more information in early 2014 on further cuts as they continue their selection process for the final candidates. They say in the next stages, “We expect to begin understanding what is motivating our candidates to take this giant leap for humankind.”
Professor Dr. Farooq Hamada, who presides over the fatwa committee, shared the motivation for issuing the fatwa: “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.”
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Travelling to Mars is prohibited in Islam! That's exactly what a new fatwa issued by a fatwa committee under the United Arab Emirates' General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment says. The fatwa also prohibits the promotion of a one-way trip to the Red Planet. While issuing the fatwa, the committee, according to the Khaleej Times, said,...
DUBAI: Are you Muslim and looking forward to a one-way trip to Mars? Here's some bad news for you. A fatwa issued by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment in the UAE says a trip to the red planet is prohibited, local media reports have said. "Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in...
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Loky wrote February 22, 2014 6:25:54 PM CET
If the fatwa committee believes that some of them may be fleeing to Mars to escape punishment from Almighty Allah, then that means that the Islam teachings are not being deployed effectively.
I would also assume that they would ban the space suit head wear, which would certainly have an effect on life support.
Do they not realise it is more dangerous to cross tee street?
Blackstar wrote February 22, 2014 8:39:46 AM CET
We should not pollute another planet