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« on: Apr 24, 2012 04:30 PM »


I know you always wanted to know ppl lol  Cheesy

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Determining the qiblah on the Moon


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If a person goes to the Moon, in which direction must he or she pray, since the Ka`bah is on Earth. I know that I m not there and do not need the answer fro practical purposes, but I would still be interested in the answer for my general knowledge.

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This is a simple matter. The same rulings in Islamic Law regarding the determination of the qiblah on the Earth are employed for the Moon.

The general rule of Islamic Law is that a person must pray in the general direction of the Ka`bah, not the specific point of the Ka`bah. Since the Moon is so far away from the Earth, the Earth itself would be the general direction of the Ka`bah. Since the Moon is tidally locked to the Earth (it always shows the same face to the Earth), the direction of the Earth never changes relative to any place on the Moon.

Since the Moon, like the Earth, is basically spherical, the qiblah would be determined by reference to the point on the surface on the Moon nearest to the direction of the Earth. The qiblah direction for any location on the Moon would be determined by the shortest straight-line trajectory over the surface of the moon to that point. This is the same way it is determined on Earth. On Earth, the shortest straight-line trajectory to Mecca over the Earth’s surface from any other location in the world is the Qiblah direction for that location.

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« Reply #1 on: Apr 26, 2012 12:31 PM »

I know that I m not there and do not need the answer for practical purposes, but I would still be interested in the answer for my general knowledge.

I suppose nobody here will be interestdd too. But as you said...

"Whoever rejects false deities and believes in Allah has grasped a firm handhold which will never break." Q 2:256"
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 26, 2012 04:33 PM »

I suppose nobody here will be interestdd too. But as you said...

Bro u never wanted to be an astronaut when you were a kid?? When I was 12 I read a story about a Muslim girl who lived on a colony on the moon and ever since then want to live there Wink Good to know how to pray then eh Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: Apr 26, 2012 07:25 PM »

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Bro u never wanted to be an astronaut when you were a kid??

 Smiley  I too wanted to become an astronaut,always was and am fascinated by those twinkling stars,the moon and the thought of  planets and galaxies....aaahh!...Allah's creations!! So many we don't even know of!!! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 26, 2012 10:20 PM »


 When I was 12 I read a story about a Muslim girl who lived on a colony on the moon


Can  you remember what book that was?  Love to read it!  Grin


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« Reply #5 on: Apr 27, 2012 09:15 AM »

It was only my thought but now I know many cherish to be... :-) But for me it's neither my line nor in my dreams... Lol

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