Religious leaders say living on Mars would be “un-Islamic,” and states there is “no righteous reason” to be there.
A fatwa is a Muslim opinion usually released by elders who are filled with “knowledge and wisdom.”
The word came down from the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment (GAIAE,) in Europe in response to the Mars One announcement that they will try to place a colony of humans on the red planet.
The GAIAE thinking says trying to live on Mars would be nearly equivalent to suicide, an act they claim that is not allowed by Islam.
Khaleejtimes.com reports “such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam. 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.”
They quote Professor Dr Farooq Hamada, the leader of the committee.
“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.”
Since the GAIAE came into being in 2008, there have been about two million Fatwas issued.
It doesn’t seem to take up much of an organization’s time.
The MarsOne project has had over 200,000 people apply, including 500 or so who are Islamic.
The goal is to have a colony on the planet by 2025.
Some Mars facts;
•The planet is approx. 141.6 million miles from the Sun
•Average surface temperature is -85F
•The atmosphere is remarkably thin
•The “air” is 95 per cent carbon dioxide