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What Time Is It?

Scott on April 22, 2008 at 9:27 am

The people who brought you fully veiled women, honor killings, forced conversions and beheadings in the name of Allah are bringing you an idea that is guaranteed to unite the world – Mecca Time (not to be confused with Miller Time).  That’s right – Mecca would become the reference point for world time!

Since the 1880′s, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) has been the standard by which time is calculated around the world (Greenwich, England being the location from which all time zones are measured).

The idea for Mecca Time (not to be confused with Booty Time) comes from a gathering of Muslim scientists and clerics called “Mecca, the Centre of the Earth, Theory and Practice.”  The proposal is based on the belief that Mecca’s location places it in perfect alignment to magnetic north.

According to the BBC article:

A prominent cleric, Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawy, said modern science had at last provided evidence that Mecca was the true centre of the Earth; proof, he said, of the greatness of the Muslim “qibla” – the Arabic word for the direction Muslims turn to when they pray.

This gathering of scientists and clerics was prompted by a trend in many Muslim societies trying to find precedents for modern science embedded within the text of the Koran.  This belief is called “Ijaz al-Koran“, which translates into English as “the miraculous nature of the holy text”.

Again from the BBC:

The underlying belief is that scientific truths were also revealed in the Muslim holy book, and it is the work of scholars to unearth and publicise the textual evidence.

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