web analytics
December 26, 2014 / 4 Tevet, 5775
 
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
8000 meals Celebrate Eight Days of Chanukah – With 8,000 Free Meals Daily to Israel’s Poor

Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.



Muslim Clerics Finally Forbid Suicide Missions but Only on Mars

Artist's depiction of Mars One astronauts and their colony on the Red Planet.

Artist's depiction of Mars One astronauts and their colony on the Red Planet.
Photo Credit: Mars One/Bryan Versteeg

Islamic law forbids a one-way trip to Mars, a “fatwa” Muslim religious committee has ruled in the UAE (United Arab Emirates), the Khaleej Times reported Wednesday.

“Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam,” the committee said. “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.”

The fatwa committee is under the jurisdiction of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment in the UAE. Even worse than dying after a move to the red planet, the Muslim would meet his Maker for no “righteous reason” and therefore would be subject to “punishment similar to that of suicide in the Hereafter,” the committee warned.

Committee chairman Professor Dr. Farooq Hamada was quoted by the newspaper as saying, “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.”

Really?

Does that mean that the Quran forbids Muslims to be suicide bombers? After all, the professor did say that the Muslim holy book says one should not kill himself.

I am not an expert in the Quran. In fact, I never have opened the book. But it seems to me that lots of holy Muslims say that suicide missions are not only not forbidden but also are a mitzvah, pardon the expression. There probably is a large footnote somewhere in the Quran that advises that suicide missions are forbidden – unless they blow up Jews.

But let’s get back to an expert such as Prof. Hamada.

His fatwa was in response to a plan by a Dutch company called Mars One to invite volunteers to fly and live on Mars while taking into account it would be a one-way ticket since there is no technology on the market for bringing them back to Earth.

Thousands of volunteers have signed up to pay $38 for the journey, including 500 Saudis and other Arabs, the Khaleej newspaper stated.

The professor declared, “This is an absolutely baseless and unacceptable belief because not even an atom falls outside the purview of Allah, the Creator of everything. This has also been clearly underscored in verse 19&20/93 of the Holy Quran in which Allah says, “There is no one in the heavens and earth but that he comes to the Most Merciful as a servant. (Indeed) He has enumerated them and counted them a (full) counting.”

Islamic researcher Dr. Shaikh Mohammed Al Ashmawy added to the religious discourse on the verse and concluded that “Almighty Allah said in verse 2/195 in the Holy Quran: Do not throw yourselves with your own hands into destruction.”

Sheikh Mohammed Yusuf, Imam of the Amena mosque, said: “Man’s life is not his or her own property; it is God’s creation, and therefore suicide is prohibited in all religions, and of course by law.”

Where were these guys when Palestinian Authority terrorists were blowing up, and still are trying to blow up Jews, and Hezbollah terrorists were blowing up and still are blowing up Sunni Muslims?

Where were these leading religious figures on Sept. 10, 2011, or even the day after 9/11?

And if Mahmoud Abbas really wants to control terror, why doesn’t he ask Prof. Hamada to make an exception and allow suicide bombers to take a one-way trip to Mars.

I am more than willing to put up the 38 bucks.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

6 Responses to “Muslim Clerics Finally Forbid Suicide Missions but Only on Mars”

  1. But we were always taught that when the first manned expedition to Mars lands, it will find that Chabad is already there. Wouldn't that justify a suicide mission from these Chelmidik Jihadists? : > )

  2. Gil Gilman says:

    They will only go if they are allowed to bring an extra shoe.

  3. Alana Ronald says:

    Space cadets leave your dynamite at home! Out of this world…

  4. It really stretches the imagination here on this one. If it is wrong under muslim law/ religion to commit suicide, then why is it ok under muslim law to commit suicide by blowing yourself up? Makes about as much sense as some of the other equally strange muslim rules/laws. I find it hard to figure out when a suicide is not a suicide that is a suicide. It seems to me that killing your self is killing yourself. of course unless you are killing yourself under muslim rules/law. Makes as much sense as cutting off your nose cause you are mad at your face. Then being an Christian I guess I am not allowed to understand.

  5. If Muslims want a one way ticket to Mars, I say go. It is not suicide. They could procreate, pray, do whatever they wanted. I guess they would still kill their women & daughters.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Knife used in the Jerusalem Lion's Gate attack.
2 Border Police Stabbed Near Jerusalem Old City
Latest News Stories
MK Shuli Moalem and Uri Bank on the Temple Mount Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

Will American-born Uri Bank win a Knesset seat?

The Al Haeche kosher restaurant in Paris had bullet holes through the front window. Dec. 24, 2014.

A kosher restaurant is the scene of the second shooting incident at a Jewish site in Paris this week.

Doctors at Sheba Medical Center are currently fighting for Ayala Shapira’s life, who suffered burns to 50% of her body.

Plans also advanced for new homes in Har Homa in southern Jerusalem.

JetBlue providing free flights to officers to attend slain NYC cop’s funeral. Charities also step up.

Jewish Press Movie Review: Danon’s clip of Zoabi a winner but Jewish Home’s parody of Livni stinks.

Police were forced to close the case on their primary suspect as they didn’t actually have any evidence linking him to the crime.

A firebomb attack has left a father and daughter injured near Maaleh Shomron.

Israeli Muslims who support ISIS hit with a travel ban.

The US claims that it is unlikely that ISIS shot down the Jordanian F-16 near Raqqa with a heat-seeking missile.

Channel 2 has released their latest election poll…

“Had the disaster not occurred, I would have never been living here; the tragedy triggered the change in my life…”

More Articles from Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
This is part of the Ramot neighborhood in Jerusalem. but is called by Obama a "settlement."

Plans also advanced for new homes in Har Homa in southern Jerusalem.

Arab MK Haneen Zoabi, as seen in a video clip posted by Likud MK Danny Danon.

Jewish Press Movie Review: Danon’s clip of Zoabi a winner but Jewish Home’s parody of Livni stinks.

“All the News to Print that Fits Our Agenda”

Hamas is back to its old tricks of blaming rival – or cooperative – terrorists for attacking Israel.

Intelligence is Israel’s most significant deterrence against terror.

Police said on Nov, 18: “One way to cope with the recent wave of attacks…is not to return the bodies to the families.”

The Prime Minister will appeal the decision by the party’s comptroller.

A Hamas commander was killed and the Air Force numbed terror targets.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/muslim-clerics-finally-forbid-suicide-missions-but-only-on-mars/2014/02/20/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: