The first UAE astronaut receives Islamic guidelines
The first UAE astronaut receives Islamic guidelines that tell him how to pray in space when he observes 16 sunrises a day … and how to check if he is always facing Mecca
- Hazzaa Al Mansoori is leaving for the ISS international space station this week
- He became the first man in space from an Arab country since the end of the 1980s
- The Islamic officials of Dubai advised him to abide by the daily times of Mecca
The first UAE astronaut has received a number of Islamic guidelines that tell him how to practice his faith in space.
Astronauts on the ISS International Space Station witness 16 sunrises and sunsets a day, making life more difficult for observant Muslims who are expected to pray and fast according to the time of day.
Hazzaa Al Mansouri, who was selected from more than 4,000 candidates to become the first UAE man in space, leaves Kazakhstan on Wednesday and the Islamic Authority of Dubai has given him the answers.
According to The national, the advice says that he should adjust his prayers to the time of day in Mecca.
Hazzaa Al Mansouri (pictured during a pre-flight investigation) becomes UAE's first astronaut this week as he leaves for the International Space Station
A former Muslim astronaut, the Sheikh Muszapher Shukor from Malaysia, was advised to follow the time of day in Kazakhstan where his rocket takes off, officials said.
But Mecca, as the holiest city of Islam, & # 39; is precedent & # 39; because it does not make sense to follow the timing of the launch country & # 39 ;, says the UAE booklet.
Being in space does not lift the requirements of Ramadan, says the official advice, when Muslims are expected to fast from dawn to dusk.
& # 39; It is important for the astronaut to know their timing & # 39 ;, says the brochure.
However, Al Mansouri will only spend eight days in space, and the month of Ramadan has already happened this year.
In addition, Muslims are expected to face Mecca when they pray – which is another problem for weightless astronauts revolving around the earth.
The UAE astronaut is advised to look at the earth if he can, but pray in any direction if that proves too difficult.
Hazzaa Al Mansouri, pictured earlier this month, has been advised to follow the daily times in Mecca, the holiest city of Islam, to meet his prayer requirements
A Russian Soyuz booster rocket was installed today on the launch platform in Kazakhstan, where Al Mansouri and two fellow astronauts take off Wednesday
Similarly, Dubai officials say that Al Mansouri should do his best to live the ritual of washing or washing before prayer.
However, if water is not immediately available, they could use a stone or grain of sand instead, they suggest.
Al Mansouri will participate in the ISS together with the Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and the American astronaut Jessica Meir when the rocket is launched from Kazakhstan on Wednesday.
The UAE astronaut returns on October 3, while his two colleagues return in the spring next year, according to NASA.
& # 39; Our flag will go, our dreams, our passion (for) this country, & # 39; said Al Mansouri after being selected earlier this year.
He only became the third astronaut from an Arab country and the first since the 1980s.
Sultan Bin Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud from Saudi Arabia flew on an American Space Shuttle mission in 1985, and Muhammed Faris from Syria took part in a Soviet space flight two years later.
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