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Indonesian Muslims Praying Facing Africa

From a forgiving Associated Press:

Indonesian Muslims facing Africa during prayers

Mon Jul 19, 2010

JAKARTA, Indonesia – People in the world’s most populous Muslim nation have been facing Africa — not Mecca — while praying.

Indonesia’s highest Islamic body acknowledged Monday it made a mistake when issuing an edict in March saying the holy city in Saudi Arabia was to the country’s west. It has since asked followers to shift direction slightly northward during their daily prayers.

"After a thorough study with some cosmography and astronomy experts, we learned they’ve been facing southern Somalia and Kenya," said Ma’ruf Amin, a prominent cleric of the Indonesian Ulema Council, or MUI. "We’ve revised it now to the northwest."

Mind you, these are the same Muslims scholars NASA is supposed to partner with to advance our space program.

He said Indonesians need not worry, however: The miscalculation did not affect God’s ability to hear their prayers.

"God understands that humans make mistakes," he said. "Allah always hears their prayers."

Then what difference does it make in which direction they pray?

Indonesia is a secular nation of 237 million people, 90 percent of whom are Muslim, most of them moderate

That’s comforting.

So only a few million want to wage jihad upon the rest of the world.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, July 19th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Indonesian Muslims Praying Facing Africa”

  1. Michael in MI says:

    Hmmm, 90 percent of 237 million = 213.3 million

    “Most” = let’s say approximately 75 percent = 75 percent of 213.3 million = 160 million

    That means that 213.3 – 160 = 53.3 million Muslims who are not “moderate”, in Indonesia alone.


    Even being completely generous and saying “most” = 90 percent, that still comes to 213.3 – 192 = 21 million Muslims who are not “moderate”.

    The Left is always crowing about “oh pish posh, it’s only a teenie tiny minority of Muslims who are radical jihadists, who cares”.

    I don’t consider 21 million Muslims – in Indonesia alone — a small minority…

  2. tranquil.night says:

    “Mind you, these are the same Muslims scholars NASA is supposed to partner with to advance our space program.”

    And recognize for all the valuable contributions in mathematics!

    “God understands that humans make mistakes”

    But the punishment for those mistakes may range from limb removal to stoning.

    “90 percent of whom are Muslim, most of them moderate”

    Many to most ‘moderates’ can still be defined as those whom nevertheless support the creation of a worldwide Sharia calliphate.

  3. Right of the People says:

    To pull a Slick Willy on this; What is the definition of moderate to these goat herders?

    Is it “I only want all the infidels out there to convert to Islam?” Or,

    Is it “I want all the infidels to die if they don’t convert to Islam?” Or,

    Is it “I want to kill all the infidel dogs who won’t worship Allah?” Or,

    Is it “Death to all infidels?” Or,

    Is it, “All of the above?”

  4. Hmm. The hearing deficiencies of a lesser god?

    I guess Allah can’t hear the prayers of his subjects unless those prayers are cast in the correct direction.

    This is a text book example of the hide bound legalism which infests a malignant ideology, such as Islam.

    Other examples include: If you criticize their prophet, you could be threatened with imprisonment or death. This practice is antithetical to freedom of speech.

    If a Muslim converts from Islam to another religion, the punishment is death. This practice is antithetical to freedom of religion.

    Subjects in Muslim theocracies can be arrested by ‘religious police’ for adultery and sentenced to imprisonment or death. This is antithetical to freedom of conscience and in the West is considered to be “cruel and unusual.”

    The list goes on, and it’s called “sharia law.” The Magna Carta, it ain’t.

    And it’s coming soon to a North American continent near you.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Their heathen god forgives?

    I call on all true mooselimbs to rise against these devil worshippers.
    This must be met with a fatwa or at least a jihad against them that face Africa and not Mecca.
    Peace be with you.

  6. fallingpianos says:

    Interesting… the map labels Russia (which Tina Fey claims she can see from her house) as the U.S.S.R.

  7. cheeflo says:

    “Then what difference does it make in which direction they pray?”

    That’s what I wondered, until I remembered that it’s all about submission.

    • Steve says:

      I have to confess that a couple of weekends ago I saw a group of Muslim women praying in Central Park. They were facing due north.

      I couldn’t bring myself to correct them.

  8. beautyofreason says:

    What is “moderate” anyway?

    In Pakistan:

    78% favor death for those who leave Islam; 80% favor whippings and cutting off hands for crimes like theft and robbery; and 83% favor stoning adulterers

    Poll: Pew Research Center

  9. canary says:

    Fatwa meeting over delicacy coffee made from cat fece covered coffee beans. To pray or not pray. From the Jakarta Globe 7/19/2010

    Indonesian Muslim Groups Consider Fatwa on World’s Most Expensive Coffee

    Two of Indonesia’s main Muslim organizations are to meet to decide whether or not to issue a fatwa against “kopi luwak,” a famed and highly prized coffee bean that has passed through the digestive tract of a civet cat before it is retrieved and roasted.

    Highly prized for its flavor, kopi luwak is known as the world’s most expensive coffee, commanding more than $600 per kilogram from online shops.

    President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono gave a gift of civet coffee to then Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd during a state visit in March 2010.

    brings a Muslim into a state of ritual impurity (najasat), which requires undergoing purification before performing religious duties, such as regular prayers.


  10. NoNeoCommies says:

    Just more proof that the “religion of peace” requires it’s members to obey instead of think.
    BTW, shouldn’t they pray at a particular angle to make it a straight line instead of praying to the horizon and hoping that Allah will compensate for the earth’s curvature?

  11. jimreport says:

    I like to piss facing both Washington DC and Mecca. While not a perfect line as the crow flies, its close enough for me. Matter of fact, its about that time.

    Oh wait, the article said ‘pray’, nevermind.

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