‘Mecca Should Determine World Time Zones’
Posted by wordforit on April 25, 2008
Magdi Abdelhadi, BBC News
Muslim scientists and clerics have called for the adoption of Mecca time to replace Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), arguing that the Saudi city is the true centre of the Earth. Mecca is the direction all Muslims face when they perform their daily prayers. The call was issued at a conference held in the Gulf state of Qatar under the title: Mecca, the Centre of the Earth, Theory and Practice. One geologist argued that unlike other longitudes, Mecca’s was in perfect alignment to magnetic north. He said the English had imposed GMT on the rest of the world by force when Britain was a big colonial power, and it was about time that changed. A prominent cleric, Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawy, said modern science had at last provided evidence that Mecca was the true centre of the Earth; proof, he said, of the greatness of the Muslim “qibla” – the Arabic word for the direction Muslims turn to when they pray. The meeting also reviewed what has been described as a Mecca watch, the brainchild of a French Muslim. The watch is said to rotate anti-clockwise and is supposed to help Muslims determine the direction of Mecca from any point on Earth. The meeting in Qatar is part of a popular trend in some Muslim societies of seeking to find Koranic precedents for modern science. It is called “Ijaz al-Koran”, which roughly translates as the “miraculous nature of the holy text”. The underlying belief is that scientific truths were also revealed in the Muslim holy book, and it is the work of scholars to unearth and publicize the textual evidence.
Source:NewMediaJournal Editor’s Note: It’s 11:59:59…do you know where your freedom is?
As much effort as it was to get the GMT set correctly for this blog? No way! Let’s see what comes of this one. Are we berated as racists or are we going to be bullied with suicide bombers? Better get the clocks properly set so the world knows what time to bow. Or, do we just buy the Mecca watch?
I’m being facetious, of course, but the concessions and accommodations for Islam are wearing thin, especially when it’s being taught in US public schools and expected to be revered over all else.
Will some decide that Islam ‘ain’t so bad’ or will they miss the good ol’ days when Christians begged for them to receive salvation? The days are dwindling fast and I catch myself automatically watching the heavens these days.
Please, for your sake, not mine or anyone else’s, spend some time seeking Jesus. Not the Jesus that elevates self to a god and not the Jesus who only counts if the words are in red ink (who do you think made the ink red?). Do you understand the concept of ‘eternity’? Here’s a good place to start: ChristNotes.