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Indonesian clerics: Our mistake _ you're facing the wrong direction during Islamic prayers
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/07/19/indonesian-clerics-mistake-youre-facing-wrong-direction-islamic-prayers/?test=latestnews ^

Posted on 07/19/2010 4:43:37 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — 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."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: clerics; council; direction; facing; indonesia; indonesian; islam; islamic; mecca; mistake; mui; prayers; qibla; ulema; wrong
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1 posted on 07/19/2010 4:43:42 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

Could just issue a compass to each prayee.


2 posted on 07/19/2010 4:46:35 AM PDT by pappyone (New to Freep, still working a tag line.)
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To: anyone

Sun rises in the east...sets in the west...Get it??


3 posted on 07/19/2010 4:46:42 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Their new fatwah...complete text here: “Oops.”


4 posted on 07/19/2010 4:47:14 AM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Red in Blue PA

Not rocket science, boys and girls...

TC


5 posted on 07/19/2010 4:50:05 AM PDT by Pentagon Leatherneck
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To: Red in Blue PA

I can see now why they need NASA.


6 posted on 07/19/2010 4:55:42 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Red in Blue PA

east/west? it all comes around to worshiping a child rapist.


7 posted on 07/19/2010 4:56:27 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I guess they do not have the internet in Indonesia....
http://www.qiblalocator.com/


8 posted on 07/19/2010 4:58:21 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I guess they don’t teach you how to calculate an azimuth in the Madrassa...


9 posted on 07/19/2010 5:00:28 AM PDT by LouD ("against all enemies, foreign and domestic...")
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To: Red in Blue PA

Well, if they were women, they’d stone them for this mistake. Guess, since they are men, they’ll just ignore it and face a different direction. Under their law, that only seems fair.


10 posted on 07/19/2010 5:09:36 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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To: Red in Blue PA
They should have conferred with Beverly Hills architect Paul Murdoch. He was able to get the tricky Qibla angle right in his indescribably odious "Crescent of Embrace" memorial design for Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.


11 posted on 07/19/2010 5:12:12 AM PDT by Jeff F (austinaero; Phoenix11; WaterBoard)
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To: Red in Blue PA

One would have thought that Allah might have called this to their attention before now!


12 posted on 07/19/2010 5:12:39 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA
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To: Sacajaweau

What a bunch of Moops!


13 posted on 07/19/2010 5:14:01 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Sacajaweau
"Sun rises in the east...sets in the west...Get it??"

Actually, the sun rises in an easterly direction and sets in a westerly direction and is constantly changing due to our changing relationship to the sun. The only time the above statement is actually true is on two days out of the year. The Spring and Fall Equinox. During the Winter and Summer soltices they are the farthest away from setting and rising in these directions.

What these idiots need is a compass and an azimuth to Mecca. However, these are the same type of people that strap bombs onto themselves and blow them up. So I doubt they could comprehend the basics of the compass....
14 posted on 07/19/2010 5:15:05 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden (u)
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To: Red in Blue PA

So their asses were facing Mecca the whole time - sounds appropriate to me.


15 posted on 07/19/2010 5:16:13 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
After a thorough study with some cosmography and astronomy experts, we learned they've been facing southern Somalia and Kenya

Cosmography and astronomy experts? You don't got a globe of the world?

16 posted on 07/19/2010 5:20:31 AM PDT by agere_contra (Obama did more damage to the Gulf economy in one day than Pemex/Ixtoc did in nine months)
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To: Red in Blue PA

They can buy cell phones which point the direction to Mecca. Darn! All those prayers spewed out upon the desert. You need minute-of-angle accuracy to hit Allah.


17 posted on 07/19/2010 5:22:04 AM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: Sender

What all this shows is that the “cultists” are brainlessly obedient.


18 posted on 07/19/2010 5:26:48 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: Red in Blue PA
I'm reminded of a line in Tom Clancy's "Red Storm Rising" describing the mindset of the Islamic terrorists in the beginning of the book - "I have read only one book in my life, the Koran. It is enough."

Well, there you go.

19 posted on 07/19/2010 5:31:32 AM PDT by Dumpster Baby (Truth is called hate by those who hate the truth.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

All moslims who perform directional preying are 180 degrees off. There may be a few exceptions, but even then, those folks are 360 degrees off.


20 posted on 07/19/2010 5:36:18 AM PDT by C210N (0bama, Making the world safe for Marxism)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Friends of mine were visiting a Muslim country (Malaysia?) where the Quibla was marked by an arrow on the ceiling. They amused themselves by affixing the little arrow to a blade of the ceiling fan.


21 posted on 07/19/2010 5:42:50 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Red in Blue PA
Unless you are in the first row you still end up facing the rear end of a towel head named Mohammad.
22 posted on 07/19/2010 5:46:07 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Freakist primitive moon worshippers. But hey, they win most of their battles, lately in New York.


23 posted on 07/19/2010 5:49:31 AM PDT by Tolsti2
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To: Red in Blue PA

What a shame, hundreds of years of prayers missed their mark. I guess that’s why the moslems still live in the dark ages


24 posted on 07/19/2010 5:54:42 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: reagan_fanatic
So their asses were facing Mecca the whole time - sounds appropriate to me.

See the tag line.

25 posted on 07/19/2010 6:27:32 AM PDT by OSHA (Hey Muzzie! The Earth is not flat, When your face is toward mecca your a$$ is too!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

At West Point, we had a guy who was royalty in Bangledash. He had a bad attitude, so people screwed with him...to include telling him the wrong direction to pray to for several months (yes, although we were at the military academy, where alot of map reading and orienteering was going on...and we were distinctly on the west side of the river, he was too dumb to figure it out).


26 posted on 07/19/2010 6:30:59 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

So, their a$$es were facing the great toilet in mecca?

I see no need for correction.

In fact!!

I issue a fartwa that over rides this fatwa.

Continue with the proper praying direction.


27 posted on 07/19/2010 6:38:25 AM PDT by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Why don’t we just blast Mecca into Somalia and Kenya? Problem solved.


28 posted on 07/19/2010 6:38:35 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Ruh-roh!! I smell a fatwa coming!!!


29 posted on 07/19/2010 7:27:56 AM PDT by DustyMoment
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"After a thorough study with some cosmography and astronomy experts, we learned they've been facing southern Somalia and Kenya,"

I think looking at a freaking globe would have been quicker.

30 posted on 07/19/2010 7:40:44 AM PDT by Sloth (Civil disobedience? I'm afraid only the uncivil kind is going to cut it this time.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

These guys gotta get a Garmin...


31 posted on 07/19/2010 7:54:07 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Sloth
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32 posted on 07/19/2010 7:54:38 AM PDT by Sloth (Civil disobedience? I'm afraid only the uncivil kind is going to cut it this time.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Does this mean they are going to Hell? Oh, wait a minute... these are Muslims. They are already on the superhighway to Hell. Never mind.
33 posted on 07/19/2010 8:32:01 AM PDT by Gritty (Muslims are the only people who make feminists seem laid-back – Ann Coulter)
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To: Gritty

Do they use short-path or long-path?


34 posted on 07/19/2010 9:30:54 AM PDT by sean_og (--... ...--)
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