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space flight and religion

According to Wikipedia:

Since Shukor is a Muslim, and his time in space will coincide with the last part of Ramadan, the Islamic National Fatwa Council drew up the first comprehensive guidebook for Muslims in space.[1][3] The 18-page guidebook is titled "Guidelines for Performing Islamic Rites (Ibadah) at the International Space Station", and details issues such as how to pray in a low-gravity environment, how to locate Mecca from the ISS, how to determine prayer times, and issues surrounding fasting. The orbit of the ISS results in one day/night cycle every 90 minutes,[1][20] so the issues of fasting during Ramadan are also addressed. The guidebook will be translated into Russian, Arabic, and English.[6][21] Ramadan began on September 13, 2007, and continues through about October 13, 2007, meaning Shukor will spend the last four days of Ramadan in space.[22] Anan C. Mohd, from Malaysia's Department of Islamic Development said that fasting while traveling is optional, so Shukor could choose what he would like to do, but if he did decide to fast in space, the times would be centered around local time in Baikonur, where the launch takes place.[23][24] Shukor will celebrate Eid ul-Fitr aboard the station, and packed some satay and cookies to hand out to the rest of the crew on Saturday, October 13, to mark the end of Ramadan.[25]



I laughed out loud when I read this the first time. I'm sorry, but does this seem as ridiculous to you as it does to me? What kind of weird contortions that religion makes people think they have to do!

Okay, so correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Mohammed say that the Koran was the last revelation of god? And if that's the case, why didn't the Angel Gabriel think to include these things when he chatted with Mohammed? You know, you're not gonna get this right now, but if you're ever in space, here's what to do... I mean, if that isn't evidence that the Koran (and every other holy book) weren't completely made up, I don't know what it.

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