mardi 26 juillet 2011

Malaysia: Ramadan in space.

October 10, 2007, the Malaysian astronaut (Angkasawan), Dr Dr Sheikh Shukor Sheikh Mustapha Al Masri bin (born 1972) flew from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to join the International Space Station (ISS) for 10 days, provided a guide to observe the ritual of Ramadan since the first space.
The 20-pages manual was specially prepared for him by Muslim theologians Malaysian Department of Islamic Affairs (Jakim) in Malaysia. It was translated into Russian, English and Arabic to be used by other Muslim astronauts.
It shows how to refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset, how to pray towards Mecca on board the vessel special.
If the astronaut decided to fast in space, he also had the opportunity to make a fast alternative to returning to Earth - it will comply with the time from Baikonur.
"We would be pleased that our astronaut chooses to fast and he tells us his experience. He will perhaps realize that fasting in space allows for greater concentration," explained Anan C. Mohd, Director of Jakim, in the English-language daily The Star Kuala Lumpur.
As for the five daily prayers, a Muslim should in theory perform 80 times a day, as the ISS goes around Earth 16 times in twenty-four hours.
"But taking into account the situation and the discretion left by Islam, we decided to limit the number of prayers to that in use on Earth," Mr. Mohd.
Dr Sheikh was also a model, and posed for many commercials advertisements.

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