The company behind the Mars One mission has urged Muslims to travel to Mars — after Muslim clerics reportedly issued a ruling against anyone who tries to set up house on the red planet.
A fatwa has been issued after religious leaders considered interplanetary colonialism.
According to reports, the decree was issued by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment in the United Arab Emirates after the Mars One organisation said it aimed to establish a settlement on Mars by 2025.
“The Mars One mission plan consists of cargo missions and unmanned preparation of a habitable settlement, followed by human landings,” the Mars One website says.
“In the coming years, a demonstration mission, communication satellites, two rovers and several cargo missions will be sent to Mars. These missions will set up the outpost where the human crew will live and work.”
Over 200,000 people, including 500 Saudis and Arabs, have applied to take part in the missions so far.
The general authority committee argued that an attempt to dwell on the planet would be suicidal and killing oneself is not permitted by Islam.
According to Khaleejtimes.com it said: “Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam. 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 Daily Mail says the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment has issued around two million fatwas since 2008.
Last night Mars One, said the “Muslim world has for centuries had a rich tradition of exploration” and encouraged “Muslims to go out and see the signs of God’s creation in the ‘heavens and the earth’”.
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