I'm usually the last one to see stories like this, so pardon me if you've already read about this one.
As humanity boldly goes forth to stake new claims on its first planetary conquests within our solar system in the opening decades of this brave new 21st century, we may not see any Muslim Rocket Robin Hoods.
Muslims 'warned in Fatwa not to live on Mars'
"Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to life, and that can never be justified in Islam," the committee said. "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."Talk about a mommy religion if I've ever seen one. It reminds me a little of the emergency backup personality Zaphod Beeblebrox activated after landing on Magrathea. So much for boldly going where no person has gone before. And what about spreading Islam into the stars?
The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment (GAIAE) in the United Arab Emirates said that anyone making such a "hazardous trip" is likely to die for "no righteous reason".You would think that the average person would be able to determine that this mission is a little dangerous. But the GAILAE doesn't seem to have such high expectations of Muslims.