A fatwa has been issued by clerics in UAE against living on Mars.
It was issued by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment (GAIAE) following the announcement by Mars One organization who want to establish a settlement on the planet.
The committee discussed that an attempt to live on Mars would be against Islam because it is a hazardous planet and trying to establish a colony there means killing oneself which is equal to suicide and is not permitted in Islam.
The committee said that people would end up dying for no ‘righteous reason’ and would be eligible for the same punishment in afterlife as it is for someone who commits suicide.
The committee was led by Professor Dr Farooq Hamada who said:
Protecting life against all possible dangers and keeping it safe is an issue agreed upon by all religions and is clearly stipulated in verse 4/29 of the Holy Quran: Do not kill yourselves or one another. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful.
However, Mars One is against the fatwa and offered following argument in return:
‘The Muslim world has a rich tradition of exploration. The verse from the Quran above encourages Muslims to go out and see the signs of God’s creation in the “heavens and the earth
The argument was presented with reference to the following verse in the Quran:
and among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the variations in your languages and your colors: verily in that are Signs for those who know (Quran 30: 22)’.
Following the argument, Mars One has requested GAIAE to take back the Fatwa and make it open for muslims. Over 200,000 people will take part in the mission which includes 500 Saudis.