Muslims ‘warned in Fatwa not to travel to Mars’

A FATWA committee under the United Arab Emirates’ General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment has issued a proclamation against travel to Mars.

“Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam,” the committee said, according to Khaleej Times. “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.”

Islam forbids suicide, and Islamic researcher Dr. Shaikh Mohammed Al Ashmaway cited scripture with regards to the ruling, saying, “Almighty Allah said in verse 2/195 in the Holy Quran: Do not throw yourselves with your own hands into destruction.”

The Mars One mission is currently soliciting applicants from the civilian population for a one-way trip to the Red Planet, and 1,058 finalists have already been chosen. The Dutch nonprofit organization hopes to establish the first human settlement on Mars, and they will continue evaluating candidates until the final 24 begin the 10 years of training necessary for the mission.

Sheikh Mohammad Yusuf, Imam of the Amena Mosque, told the Khaleej Times, “Man’s life is not his or her own property; it is God’s creation, and therefore suicide is prohibited in all religions, and of course by law.

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17 thoughts on “Muslims ‘warned in Fatwa not to travel to Mars’

  1. Mon and Fossall,
    I’m rather intrigued by the term False Prophet which floated about here lately. As far as I can recall from my 16 months of participation, up till now I was the only individual on this blog to be designated as an F.P. I was saddled with the term because I had the sheer gall (as it were) to offer lectures to local churches on important Christian topics and their relationship to Symbolism (or Iconography) within Christian Art, despite making it plain that I was not of the Faith myself. Also/but of course, it might be added significantly, I made no claim to being a mouthpiece for any deity. And as well, I had made it plain from the time of my entry into the blog that I am not any kind of atheist either.

    The Christian environment in which I had been invited to speak over a couple of years, was well in accord with both the modern and liberal stance I took, and the sources from which I gained my information. So naturally I was never in the situation of being declared by them as a False Prophet, or seen as such by the clergy or congregations involved.

    The Catholic church is still listed as the denomination with the greatest number of members. And when you consider it, many of its unique teachings do not accord readily with those of the others. And as would be expected, any individual ‘prophet’ within Catholic ranks is not likely to be granted a similar authority status within the multitude of other churches. Variations galore exist in those nonconformist churches; and many of the latter will be rather disgusted with prophetic messages that emanate from any of the others, despite their united opposition and competition against their Catholic brothers.

    Taking a glance within the ‘net’, I familiarized myself with the ways in which ‘Bible’ and ‘Evangelical’ and ‘Fundamentalist’ churches define these differing types of prophet, (true or false), and naturally deriving their guiding ‘rules’ from Deuteronomy. I would conclude that to be seen as any sort of a Prophet, one really needs to be implying or claiming specifically that one is a mouthpiece for the (or a) deity. And so I read that Joseph Smith was described as a false prophet, as was Mohammed and a couple of others mentioned.

    Now as far as Bryan’s blog is concerned, I have not been able to detect any rule or guide-line that dictates the specific bloodline or Christian tradition that participants must stem from. As I have pointed out many times, the title of the site is ‘Faithworks’ – leaving the particular variety of faith wide open; and so, Christian contributors of several traditions regularly contribute, (not to mention the multitudes who simply read and lurk). On top of these, of course, postings come from atheists, and from spiritual persons with no Christian faith at all. I see myself simply as one of these latter, and for convenience sake, describe myself as a Dissenter.

    A few in the group can be seen as free canons within the Protestant tradition; and some exciting disputations have naturally arisen between them and others who take more traditional stances. Let’s face it every distinctive denomination presents its own special presentation of the Christian message, or of Biblical interpretation. And when you think about it, there simply cannot be a single person contributing to this blog who would not be considered and labelled a False Prophet by some-one or by some group.

    Cheers, Rian.

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    • “And when you think about it, there simply cannot be a single person contributing to this blog who would not be considered and labelled a False Prophet by some-one or by some group.”

      Agreed Rian.

      But I feel we use that term far too liberally without understanding its true meaning. And yes, I have misused it on occasion here too, being caught up in the heat of the moment, and I was wrong to have done that.

      It is my understanding that, stricktly speaking, a false prophet is one who deliberately sets out to deceive, intimidate, and control.

      If someone is preaching the gospel and leading people to Jesus then he is a true prophet. If he is also healing the sick and setting the captives free in the name of Jesus, and the result is that people turn to the Lord, it is the Lord. But, we should be wary of those who are just preaching a doctrine instead of Jesus. Are they leading people to follow them instead of Jesus?

      “Edgar Cayce had a remarkable gift of prophecy, and he claimed to be a Christian, read his Bible every day, and seemed to have a godly demeanor, but he did not lead people to Jesus or to the atonement of the cross, but to a psychic realm. The effect of what Cayce did was to lead people to seek supernatural knowledge completely apart from the Lord.

      False prophets are trying to lead people away from Christ to worship other gods, and their signs and wonders will lead them away from Him instead of to Him. When people are immature or are running from God’s purpose in their life like Jonah, or have serious errors in their life as Peter did at least twice, that does not make them false.”………Rick Joyner

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      • The Earmark of a False Prophet
        By Nita Johnson, a prophetess.

        The earmark of a false prophet is one who has it in his heart to deceive the people of God and eventually lead them into worship of someone or something other than the one true God. False prophets may prophesy many correct things and be false still. If a person has a prophetic gifting but is unsaved the enemy can distort it and use it for his own gain. Further, a person can have a prophetic gifting and be a Christian but have a wrong heart, which will incite them to use the gifting wrongly.

        But many and varied are the false prophets outside of the Church. They often eventually become leaders of their own cults. Most true Christians know to stay away from them. But even so they can be recognized by the fact that their doctrine does not line up with the Bible.

        The day is coming when it is going to be very difficult to recognize the true from the false if we do not have discernment. The false will speak many true things. They will perform many miracles. The doctrine that they will teach will initially be true, but as time goes on they will begin to filter their own doctrines in with the pure until they take their hearers totally away from the true faith. They will even have what initially appears to be humility. But it will be a false humility. They will reject correction and answer to no man. Although they will teach on love, they will do it to gain the hearer’s love and devotion not because they practice true Christian love. Only the gift of discernment will help the Christian know the true from the false in the days ahead.

        There will be those who have never known Messiah. Others will be of the type who once knew Him but for love of money opened themselves up to deception and the occult. In both categories once they get your heart they will go after your money, after they get your money, they will go after your soul.

        The World for Jesus Ministries

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  2. “Sheikh Mohammad Yusuf, Imam of the Amena Mosque, told the Khaleej Times, “Man’s life is not his or her own property; it is God’s creation, and therefore suicide is prohibited in all religions, and of course by law.”

    That’s right.

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    • A question folks,
      A few days ago, Kathleen made the comment to the effect that the first big point of Christian belief or faith would have to be an acknowledgement of the divinity of Christ. It set me to thinking and I would like to ask the Christians on the blog here, about a couple of hypotheticals.

      Probably the biggest problem in Christian unity during the fourth century, was the heavy prevalence of the Arian heresy. Putting it simply, this faction did not allow that Jesus was God. He was a created being, the Son of God but not God the Son. Overlapping this heresy was the Adoptionist theory. This held that Jesus only became Son of God (or the Christ) at the time of his baptism by John in Jordan.

      They held that the correct message from heaven at the time was actually
      “Thou art my beloved Son. This day have I begotten thee.” – quoting directly from what is understood to be the Psalmist’s wording used during the King’s coronation. It was only after the Nicene Council and pitched battles between the two factions that the Catholics won the day by late in the century.

      Now it appears that like most of the other heresies of the early church, its adherents had absolutely no hesitation in affirming just about every aspect of the Creed with the faithful in the orthodox or literalist Catholic Church. They accepted the Scriptures meticulously; and unlike many of the Gnostics, they believed implicitly in the earthly life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

      They confessed their sins and sought salvation in an identical fashion, utilizing the Sacraments, and sought the relationship with God through Christ. That one and only difference was that they did not allow the ultimate divinity of Christ. We are reminded I would point out, that the Emperor Constantine (having left his own personal Christian Initiation until his deathbed), was actually baptised by an Arian Bishop, and not by a Catholic. To my knowledge, no-one has ever disputed the validity of this baptism.

      My question is this. Do Evangelicals and Fundamentalists of today allow that individuals born and bred in that ancient Arian church, and having their Christian faith nurtured through the same Scriptures, via Arian Pastors, Bishops and Clerics, – and knowing no alternative, duly had their sins forgiven, and their souls saved just as the Catholic faithful did and do? Or did that denial of the divinity of Christ actually condemn them to hell? OR can you accept them as ‘Brothers in Christ’ since their experience and nature gave every appearance of unity with you and your tradition, allowing them identical inheritance of Heaven?

      Now IF by any chance you answer No to this, then think about it this way. it was an interesting situation when official Christian belief simply changed a few times during the fourth century from Arian to Catholic and back again. It would seem to mean that the ‘sheeple’ who knew no better, sometimes were saved, and sometimes were damned through no fault of their own.

      Cheers, Rian.

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      • Am I right in thinking, Rian, that this was at the The First Council of Nicaea, a council of Christian bishops convened by the Roman Emperor Constantine I, NOT by the Pope, in AD 325? I believe its aim was to settle the issue of the nature of the Son of God and his relationship to God the Father.

        Apparently it was not representative of the whole Christian church at that time. Constantine had invited all 1800 bishops of the Christian church (about 1000 in the east and 800 in the west), but a smaller and unknown number attended, largely the Eastern bishops. Varying counts by those who were present were 250, 318, and “about 270”.

        Apparently numbers were swelled by accompanying priests and deacons, but the majority of bishops, who had voting rights, did not attend, even from the eastern church.

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      • According to surviving accounts, the nontrinitarian Arius maintained that the Son of God was a Creature made from nothing, begotten directly of the Eternal God, and that he was God’s First Production, before all ages. And he argued that everything else was created through the Son.

        Thus, said the Arians, only the Son was directly created and begotten of God; and therefore there was a time that He had no existence.

        Arius believed that the Son of God was capable of His own free will of right and wrong, and that “were He in the truest sense a son, He must have come after the Father, therefore the time obviously was when He was not, and hence He was a finite being”, and was under God the Father.

        Therefore Arius insisted that the Father’s divinity was greater than the Son’s. The Arians appealed to Scripture, quoting verses such as John 14:28: “the Father is greater than I”, and also Colossians 1:15: “Firstborn of all creation”.

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      • Not sure if I am allowed to comment here Rian,

        As I don’t know what label to give myself as a Christian. All I know is that I have a biblical worldview and am a Charismatic, but I would just like to say that I believe God to be bigger than all our doctrines, and thank God for that!

        Having said that though, I still consider right doctrines to be important. So, with this in mind, how can anyone other than God save us from our sins? Surely if you do not believe that Jesus Christ is God, then you cannot claim to be Christian?

        Romans 10:6 But the righteousness based on faith [imputed by God and bringing right relationship with Him] says…

        8 The Word (God’s message in Christ) is near you, on your lips and in your heart; that is, the Word (the message, the basis and object) of faith which we preach,
        9 Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
        10 For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.
        11 The Scripture says, No man who believes in Him [who adheres to, relies on, and trusts in Him] will [ever] be put to shame or be disappointed.
        12 [No one] for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek. The same Lord is Lord over all [of us] and He generously bestows His riches upon all who call upon Him [in faith].
        13 For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking Him as Lord] will be saved.

        But ultimately, I do believe that God will judge according to the light we have each been given and how we respond to that light, i.e., in faith.

        Cheers

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      • Well Strewth my love,
        ,
        May I just answer – Absolutely! As you say, the predominance at the time of Nicaea was certainly Arian. Even Eusebius who was Constantine’s right hand man at the Council was a declared Arian. The vote at that first Council was just not representative for the Christian world at large. But the rulings set out under Theodosius in the latter stage of the 4th century finally made all variation from Catholic Christianity illegal and virtually punishable.

        And to our dear Kathleen,
        Thank you so much. Hope may some day have the opportunity to ‘cash in’ that hug. (But as well, I look forward to getting one from Monica as well. – currently overdue!)

        And to Mon,
        Yep I know where you are coming from, but do notice the wording in your quote of verse 9. — ‘that Jesus is Lord, and —– that God raised him from the dead.’. This can just so easily depict a clear distinction between Jesus the Lord, and the God who raised him from the dead. To an Arian, the verses you quote, even while identifying Jesus as ‘Lord’, do not demonstrate or spell out unmistakably that Jesus is The God. As I never tire of pointing out, in Scripture, Jesus is never described or identified as God the Son, but just as Son of God, which is a perfectly legitimate term for the Arians.

        Not a single verse anywhere states that ‘God raised God from the dead’. It is only with the development of the Trinitarian doctrine that the Catholic tradition finally defined Jesus as the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. The Arians never accepted this. I’m not suggesting any argument about the truth of the matter just for now. – just describing the thinking of the Arians.

        And Mon my dear, of course you should comment. You belong strictly speaking to the Post-Nicaean Catholic tradition. Your quotes are always great. Just notice that the Christian Testament makes it plain that all power and authority is given by God to Jesus Christ. So that in the long run, it is God who ultimately always offers forgiveness of sin or authority to so forgive.. This is the way the Arians thought.

        That final comment of yours about ‘God judging according to the light…..’ etc is a very interesting one. But leave that for another day.

        Love to all. Rian

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      • Interesting Rian,

        “The Christology of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is also a form of Arianism; they regard Arius as a forerunner of Charles Taze Russell, the founder of their movement.”

        Well Jehovah’s Witnesses are considered to be a sect and NOT Christian because they deny the Trinity, the deity of Christ, and deny his physical resurrection.

        So do non-Christians go to Heaven? Anyone know? 😉

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      • Of all people, Billy Graham thinks so, (that non-Christians can get to Heaven) would you believe? Although he gets around his doctrine by saying that they are really Christians at heart without knowing it.

        So, can non-Christians know God too (in part) like Christians claim to?

        I consider doctrine to be important in defining my faith, very important in fact, but I must ask myself, “Do I have the generosity of spirit that allows me to see that there may be godliness in other places?” And, “Is my heart so hardened by doctrine that it stops me from seeing that perhaps God has also worked in the hearts of people from faiths other than my own?”

        I’ll have to answer in the affirmative. Yes, of course I think that non-Christians can be Heavenly-minded and love God with all their hearts too. God is not limited by our doctrines.

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      • Mon,
        Hi, do non-Christians go to heaven? well the old saying rather accurately goes – ‘God only knows.’

        For me, of course, the question is purely academic, because I dont hold any Christian belief in a specific and permanent ‘place’ called heaven. But my opinions and faith have nothing much to do with the current discussion, (other than the fact that I am free to do any amount of speculating with no restrictions.)

        Yes the question of the JWs is very interesting. Definitely Arian in many ways. Some might argue that because they do accept absolute beliefs about Jesus Christ and reverently make use of the Bible, that they really have to be Christians of some sort, albeit heretical ones. They do seem to somehow resemble the views of the Ebionites and others from the early centuries.

        I guess that it is common for devotees of any and every class of believers to hold that none of the others are actually Christians at all. Modern and Liberal Christians however, would probably depart from that idea, since they would not be dogmatic about the truths involved.

        What exciting things we still have to learn!
        Love Rian.

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  3. Once again, it comes to knowing who “we” are. Something nobody can tell you but the spirit within, soul. Once you know who you are, you also know your real purpose for been here. Than you will know that:
    1. Heaven is not a place or destination.
    2. You already there but aren’t aware of it.
    3 Everybody on this planet is the same created by the same.
    The list can go on.
    False prophet term comes from ignorance. Ignorance is noot an offense, but a statement of deficient information. Many make statements based on previous knowledge, like doctrines of a particular religions believes.All of these are steps to understanding oneself. They all lead eventually to the full truth. It is impossible to miss it. We have unlimited number of lifetimes to “get” there. Don’t go to war for doctrines. They do change. Even Jehovah Witnesses profess to believe in Jesus now. I had two the most hardened JW employed in my workshop. I was lectured daily. Yet they showed me a major flaw, lack of love. They were both the most valuable workers, always working, never cheating, but lacked in love. they loved Jehovah they said, but despised fellow man. They too believed the bible is the word of god, and yet they completely missed Jesus urging “what you do to the least of you, you do to me.”
    The human mind can not hold it all in mind so to speak. We always overlook something and so we lead ourselves astray by the very mind we so relay on. We judge what we don’t agree with, not giving others the freedom of self expression. How many wars were fought over mind slip. Offense taken for no reason. We perpetuate this war on small scale daily with our peers in no less wishes way using words as weapons. Keep in mind, even we all made from the same fabric, the spirit of god, we were created to be individual as every snowflake is. God didn’t create clones, neither did he restricted us from creating our own reality here, in the world. Cherish the free will and give it to others. The mastery is not in controlling others, but in the choices everyone does personally.
    God bless.

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