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Indonesian Muslims Told to Change Prayer Direction (They Faced Toward Africa Instead of Mecca)
The Malaysian Insider ^ | July 16, 2010 | Reuters

Posted on 07/17/2010 6:46:16 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Indonesian Muslims told to change prayer direction

JAKARTA, July 16 — Indonesia’s Muslims learned today they have been praying in the wrong direction, after the country’s highest Islamic authority said its directive on the direction of Mecca actually had people facing Africa.

Muslims are supposed to face the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia during prayer and the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) issued an edict in March stipulating westward was the correct direction from the world’s most populous Muslim country.

“But it has been decided that actually the mosques are facing Somalia or Kenya, so we are now suggesting people shift the direction slightly to the north-west,” the head of the MUI, Cholil Ridwan, told Reuters. “There’s no need to knock down mosques, just shift your direction slightly during prayer.”

Ridwan said Muslims need not fear that their prayers have been wasted because they were facing the wrong way.

“Their prayers will still be heard by Allah,” he said.

Said Agil Siradj, head of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organisation Nahdlatul Ulama, told English language newspaper the Jakarta Globe that the confusion showed the MUI issued edicts too fast and that this was a lesson for them.

The MUI has, in the past, issued controversial edicts banning Muslims from chanting during yoga, and from smoking.

Indonesia is a majority Muslim but officially secular country. — Reuters


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"Indonesia’s Muslims learned today they have been praying in the wrong direction, after the country’s highest Islamic authority said its directive on the direction of Mecca actually had people facing Africa."

For this insult to the Religion of Peace ... OFF with their HEADS.

1 posted on 07/17/2010 6:46:19 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER; STARWISE; onyx; maggief; penelopesire

Maybe they’re bowing toward Obamanation.


2 posted on 07/17/2010 6:48:58 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: DogByte6RER

“Indonesia’s Muslims learned today they have been praying in the wrong direction, after the country’s highest Islamic authority said its directive on the direction of Mecca actually had people facing Africa.”

Maybe that’s why China gets so peeved at them when their bombs keep going off up there. The Indonesians think it’s Israel.


3 posted on 07/17/2010 6:49:05 PM PDT by BobL (The whole point of being human is knowing when the party's over.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Does it really make a differnce. After all, they are pounding their heads into stone floors five times a day. No wonder they don’t have a lick of sense.


4 posted on 07/17/2010 6:49:38 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Obama makes me miss Jimmah Cahtah!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Maybe this has to do with Zer0’s NASA outreach to mooselimbs......teach ‘em how to read a map and compass.

What TOTAL asshats!


5 posted on 07/17/2010 6:49:56 PM PDT by Roccus (......and then there were none.)
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To: DogByte6RER

6 posted on 07/17/2010 6:50:40 PM PDT by BenLurkin (Will must be the harder, courage the bolder, spirit must be the more, as our might lessens.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Obie wants to “Hype” the Muslim contributions to Space Exploration and there is nary a one who can operate a compass in Indonesia? Good God, Man!
7 posted on 07/17/2010 6:50:51 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (3(0|\|0/\/\1($ 101: (4P174L1$/\/\ R3QU1r3$ (4P174L. Could it be any more simple?)
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To: DogByte6RER; kabar

From what I can tell, the government there prefers pragmatism over extremism. Imagine trying to keep thousands of islands united: not easy, no matter what.


8 posted on 07/17/2010 6:55:56 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: Roccus

9 posted on 07/17/2010 6:56:34 PM PDT by BenLurkin (Will must be the harder, courage the bolder, spirit must be the more, as our might lessens.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Is learning how to read a map one of the Muslim accomplishments in Math and Science that NASA is going to be celebrating?


10 posted on 07/17/2010 6:58:08 PM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: DogByte6RER

Sharia Geography: yet another way the Mohammadians are working tirelessly to advance civilization.


11 posted on 07/17/2010 6:59:50 PM PDT by bornred
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To: BenLurkin

mecca shouldda been turned to glass almost 9 years ago! Sooner or later we will get a leader in the West who will do what has to be done. I just hope I live to see it.


12 posted on 07/17/2010 7:00:41 PM PDT by Roccus (......and then there were none.)
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To: BobL

Just think of the Muslims that are going (and have gone) to hell because they prayed in the wrong direction. Glad I serve a GOD that is forgiving and understanding.


13 posted on 07/17/2010 7:04:16 PM PDT by doc1019 (Martyrdom is a great thing, until it is your turn.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Is one supposed to face Mecca on a rhumb line or on a great circle?


14 posted on 07/17/2010 7:06:25 PM PDT by Mad Dawg (O Maria, sine labe concepta, ora pro nobis qui ad te confugimus.)
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To: DogByte6RER

“There’s no need to knock down mosques, just shift your direction slightly during prayer.”
“Their prayers will still be heard by Allah,”

So Allah only hears from one ear or what?


15 posted on 07/17/2010 7:08:33 PM PDT by mainsail that ("A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights" - Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: Mad Dawg
Is one supposed to face Mecca on a rhumb line or on a great circle?

I've heard of controversy over the proper direction, like here in North America where the two methods diverge by a bit.

16 posted on 07/17/2010 7:10:36 PM PDT by Lonely Bull
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To: DogByte6RER

I think their prayers actually ricochet off the ceiling and then go nowhere.


17 posted on 07/17/2010 7:12:42 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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Fum Ducks


18 posted on 07/17/2010 7:13:12 PM PDT by Dedbone
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To: BenLurkin
Hey, you owe me a bottle of Mic Ultra and a new keyboard, buddy!!
LMAO!
19 posted on 07/17/2010 7:14:23 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: mainsail that

“There’s no need to knock down mosques,”

Yeah there is.


20 posted on 07/17/2010 7:16:48 PM PDT by BenLurkin (Will must be the harder, courage the bolder, spirit must be the more, as our might lessens.)
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To: DogByte6RER

21 posted on 07/17/2010 7:21:28 PM PDT by OCC
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To: DogByte6RER

They’re all wrong, the right direction is toward the White House.


22 posted on 07/17/2010 7:22:42 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: Roccus

I agree with you! I wonder if that black rock they worship in Mecca is the entrance to Hell.


23 posted on 07/17/2010 7:28:19 PM PDT by proudofthesouth (A Dictatorship doesn't want the competition of God in the lives of the Peasants.)
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To: Lonely Bull

Some Muslim groups in North America take the rhumb line to Mecca (southeastwards) as theirqibla (praying direction) instead of the traditional rule of the shortest path, which would give a northeastward direction from the Eastern USA[citation needed].

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhumb_line


24 posted on 07/17/2010 7:35:05 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: Migraine

Lol, 1000 yrs from now they’ll still be in a sh**hole.


25 posted on 07/17/2010 7:40:23 PM PDT by 99Floyd (zero/empty suit=deception, division and disaster)
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To: DogByte6RER

It seems like from Indonesia it would only be a few degrees different to face Africa instead of Mecca (in Saudia Arabia).


26 posted on 07/17/2010 7:44:16 PM PDT by libertylover (The problem with Obama is not that his skin is too black, it's that his ideas are too RED.)
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To: proudofthesouth
I wonder if that black rock they worship in Mecca is the entrance to Hell.

Nah.....satan wouldn't waste his time. It's just a giant turd polished to a high shine by millions of dirtbag lips.

27 posted on 07/17/2010 8:11:49 PM PDT by Roccus (......and then there were none.)
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To: DogByte6RER

So if theyre on a space station, or Mars, which direction do they face?


28 posted on 07/17/2010 8:16:05 PM PDT by Soothesayer9
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29 posted on 07/17/2010 8:17:11 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discover" Sarah Palin)
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To: DogByte6RER


30 posted on 07/17/2010 8:29:33 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: DogByte6RER

The Lemmings all acted in concert to do something stupid????!!!! I’m shocked, SHOCKED!! (Good thing they caught it early, otherwise it would have been “tradition”, established hundreds of years ago, forgoing the values of any other culture in the region!)


31 posted on 07/17/2010 8:32:25 PM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (Rev. Wright said "G_d D_mn America!". B-HO replied, "I'll do my best.")
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To: DogByte6RER

¨What´s the frequency, Kenneth?¨


32 posted on 07/17/2010 8:47:49 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Mad Dawg

There’s a spot in the Society Islands, i.e. near Tahiti, where you could face any direction you want ... or straight down!


33 posted on 07/17/2010 9:26:45 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: 99Floyd; BenLurkin; Migraine

Oh my, you are all clever! I can’t stop laughing. Keep up the good work. :-)


34 posted on 07/17/2010 9:27:48 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX
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To: Soothesayer9

Sadly, the muzzies have focused their brightest minds on that very problem:

http://www.wired.com/science/space/news/2007/09/mecca_in_orbit


35 posted on 07/17/2010 10:36:43 PM PDT by bornred
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To: Mad Dawg

How about the rump line?


36 posted on 07/17/2010 10:58:12 PM PDT by smokingfrog (freerepublic.com - Now 100% flag free.)
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To: Chode

That looks satanic!


37 posted on 07/18/2010 1:48:30 AM PDT by acliffhang3r
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To: hoosiermama
"No need to tear down mosques, just shift your direction slightly to the northwest"...

It sounds so reasonable at first. Then you get to thinking about how silly it is and you just have to wonder - how can rational people put up with this? Or how can a people worship a God so petty and who has no son?

38 posted on 07/18/2010 4:51:33 AM PDT by x_plus_one (Liberal politics is now a form of social snobbery.....)
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To: acliffhang3r
it's their Moon Rock/God...
39 posted on 07/18/2010 5:46:52 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: smokingfrog

Personally I prefer the baba au rhum line.


40 posted on 07/18/2010 7:17:29 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (O Maria, sine labe concepta, ora pro nobis qui ad te confugimus.)
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To: Mad Dawg

Mecca for someone with a sweet tooth?


41 posted on 07/18/2010 7:21:17 AM PDT by smokingfrog (freerepublic.com - Now 100% flag free.)
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“There’s no need to knock down mosques,”

Yeah there is.

excellent

42 posted on 07/18/2010 8:42:05 AM PDT by Unruly Human
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To: proudofthesouth

“I agree with you! I wonder if that black rock they worship in Mecca is the entrance to Hell.”

I think you might be on to something here.


43 posted on 07/18/2010 3:35:20 PM PDT by Bluebeard16
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