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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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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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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,"

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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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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