In October, Malaysia’s first astronaut will join a Russian crew and blast off into space. The news of a Muslim astronaut was cause for celebration in the Islamic world, but then certain questions started popping up. How will he face Mecca during his five daily prayers while his space ship is whizzing around the Earth? How can he hold the prayer position in zero gravity? Such concerns may sound absurd to us, but the Malaysian space chief is taking them quite seriously. A team of Muslim scholars and scientists has spent more than a year drawing up an Islamic code of conduct for space travel.
It seems to me that when in space facing Mecca wouldn’t be that difficult, just aim for that blue ball. But the fact that scholars have spent more than a year drawing up an Islamic code of conduct for space travel seems to illustrate that religion is becoming increasingly incompatible with modern life.
When the codes of conduct were drawn up a couple thousand years ago, they inevitably failed to predict the modes of life that now exist. Divinely inspired? My ass.