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Mars fatwa strongly denies Muslims a one-way trip to Mars

A Mars fatwa placed into effect by the United Arab Emirates' General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment Muslims (GAIAE) means that Muslims can not travel to Mars, even if they want to. A fatwa ( a legal pronouncement in Islam) so dictates, arguing that it would be "a real risk to life" and they likened it to suicide, which is forbidden in the Koran, as detailed by the CNN news organization on Feb. 25.

The Mars fatwa was issued by the Directorate General of Islamic Affairs and Endowment in UAE, in response to the draft of the Dutch company "Mars One" to send four people on a one-way trip to the red planet in 2022 and begin a settlement there.

“Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam,” said the GAIAE committee. “There is a possibility that an individual who travels to planet Mars may not be able to remain alive there, and is more vulnerable to death."

More than 200,000 people have applied to be selected to travel to Mars and not return. Experts, however, have questioned the financial viability and practice of the mission.

Ahmed Shaaban of the Khaleej Times reported on the news of the Mars fatwa from the GAIAE, the highest Islamic authority in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), against the journey of human beings to Mars. The fatwa issued by the committee has stated that a trip to the red planet was prohibited by Islam.

The committee, chaired by Farooq Hamada, known for its fundamentalism, showed that "protect life against all possible dangers and keep her safe is a subject on which all religions agree and it is clearly stated in verse 4/29 of the Holy Quran: "And do not kill yourselves [or one another]. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful." A verse often used to condemn the Islamist suicide bombers but this time the GAIAE used it in protest against Mars One, a Dutch company who in April 2013 invited volunteers to fly to the Red Planet to build a colony. But the problem is that to date, there is no technology that would allow a return trip from Mars to Earth. The Mars One is planning to build the first of these interplanetary travel nearly 10 years from now and then to launch manned space missions every two years to establish a permanent human colony on the red planet.

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