Fatwa of the Week: Going to Mars is haram

051204mullahsinspacexIt is often fun to dip in and see what this week’s daftest Islamic Fatwa is, because you can always be sure that whenever you find a truly odd one and think “Nothing could possibly be weirder than this” … well inevitably some cleric will pop up the very next week and prove you quite wrong about that.

So this week we have more updates on MARS … and yes, I mean the planet, because apparently it is un-islamic to go there.

Not too long ago Sheikh Ali al Hemki declared that the very idea of a trip to Mars was haram …

The Ah Hayat newspaper quotes him as saying the mission does not conform to “responsible Muslim” practices.

“These experiments will lead to the destruction of those who try,” and so should be done with animals, not people,” he said.

So can it get any weirder?

Yes it can, a rather daft Egyptian cleric has recently realised that Mars has two moons, Phobos and Deimos, and not just one. Oops, because that  is a huge problem for those that follow a belief system that adheres to a lunar calendar. His truly daft rhetoric in response to this realisation was this …

“It is a Jewish conspiracy, the western folk have added a second moon to ensure that Muslims can’t go to Mars, but the joke is on them, we’re not interested to begin with”

Seriously! … he actually thinks that some Jewish conspiracy arranged for Mars to have a second moon simply to stop Muslims going there.

So there you go then, we are reached the extreme limits of complete and utter lunacy (remember 2 moons not just one to ensure a bit of extra “lunacy”) and so nobody could possibly come out with anything even weirder … right?


As reported by Pakistan Today …

Another set of Muslim scholars are now also offering an opposite fatwa: “All alien species on Mars are not Muslim, hence haram!” This fatwa was realized after the discovery of water on the red planet made headlines. “If there is water, then there is life there and if there is life there then it must submit to Allah,” explained another cleric from Egypt. The fatwa is meant to help encourage Muslims to wage jihad against the red planet till every last living species has accepted the true faith of God.

To be honest, I’m not sure the use of the word “scholar” is appropriate to describe the chaps who came up with the above, folks who only ever read one book simply cannot claim that title, especially if the result is stuff like this.

Anyway, I think the martins should have the last word on this complete and utter stupidity.


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