domenica 10 dicembre 2006

Ground Control to My Imam


Come prega un musulmano in orbita?


Do we have to worship eighty times a day (sixteen orbits a day multiplied by five prayer times)? This seems unlikely, since it is compulsory for a Muslim to pray five times a day according to an Earth day, as determined by Allah


A user-friendly, portable Muslims in Space calculator could determine the direction of the Qiblah and prayer times on the ISS. Its essential feature would be the use of the Projected Earth and Qiblah Pole concepts. These are based on the interpretation of the holy house of angels in the sky above Mecca. The place is always rich with angels worshiping. As many as 70,000 angels circumambulate it every day. Thus, one virtual Qiblah Pole can be taken as a universal reference to determine the direction of the Qiblah.

Ground Control to My Imam, da un paper di Dr. Zainol Abidin Abdul Rashid, National University of Malaysia. Harper's Magazine, dicembre 2006.

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