Muslims have signed up to travel to Mars on the outrageous one-way journey being proposed by Mars Ones. People of all faith from nations around the world have signed up, including Israelis, Turks, Egyptians, Iranians, Iraqis and those from Saudi, the UAE and Qatar. But a Muslim-issued fatwa may bar any Muslims from entering the red planet.
Mars One is aiming to send an initial four people to Mars by 2024, ten years from now. The first people will go there to start a colony. According to local press in the United Arab Emirates, the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment of the United Arab Emirates is publicly barring any Muslims from embarking on the mission to the red planet.
Because the trip will be one way and no doubt stressful, the fatwa says that any Muslim passengers who would go on the trip would be sacrificing their lives for no good reason. And that the punishment that awaits them in the afterlife will be akin to those who commit suicide.
Travellers to Mars will be expected to terraform, and undergo all sorts of manual labor to prepare a future colony for more humans.
The Netherlands-based Mars One replied and encouraged people of all faiths to apply. The organization said it would be a great service to humanity to set up a colony 39 million miles from earth. Prayer times as well as providing the direction to Mecca for those prayers will be provided for Muslims, it was asserted.
If making the commitment to Mars is too much, there is always Charles Branson’s Virgin Galactic offering flights to space on track for this year at a cost of about $250,000 a ride, with Branson and his family to be among the very first passengers. If it works, the flight could make the trip between Dubai and LA a mere 45 minutes, according to some estimates.