There really is no fun in Islam...
The United Arab Emirates issued a religious law Thursday banning Muslims from manning a spaceflight voyage to Mars.
Starting in 2024, Dutch non-profit Mars One wants to start sending one-way manned missions to colonize the red planet, and has recently begun interviewing candidates for the project. None of those candidates will be devout Muslims from the UAE, thanks to a ruling by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment of the UAE.
“Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam. [Didact's note: not a hint of irony here!] 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 committee said in its decree according to a Times of Israel report.
The Mars One website includes ”500 Saudis and other Arabs” in the 200,000 plus applicants for the mission so far. The General Authority of Islamic Affairs asserted the potential interplanetary travelers “may be interested in traveling to Mars for escaping punishment or standing before Almighty Allah,” which the group says would be futile anyway.
Numerous Muslim astronauts have already successfully traveled in space — most notably Sultan Salman Al Saud, a member of the Saudi royal family and former Saudi Air Force pilot who was a payload specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1985, becoming the first Muslim in space.Does anyone else find it mildly ridiculous that a religion that encourages its sons and daughters to blow themselves up as human sacrifices in its global war of subjugation, has a big problem with letting them risk their lives to advance science and human progress?
Then again, Islam has never been about "scientific progress". Growing up in an international school environment, the myth that Islam and Muslims somehow "saved" science for the West was rammed down our throats in ways both obvious and subtle. It took years of independent study and thought for me to realise just how badly I'd been lied to, and how anti-science Islam really is.
Once you understand that Islam is a political movement, first and foremost, and one that is about control over all aspects of Man, then you will understand that there is nothing the least bit surprising about an Islamic state banning its people from pushing the boundaries of what is possible, of working with private free enterprise to take Mankind to distant places and planets. That simply is what Islam does.