A controversial mission to establish life on the Red Planet has been deemed un-Islamic by a religious watchdog in the United Arab Emirates.
The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (GAIAE) argued that the mission to Mars would be dangerous enough to be considered suicidal, and therefore un-Islamic.
“If this man goes to Mars and brings a profitable science to humanity and then returns safely to earth, this is undoubtedly allowed by religion,” said Dr Ahmed Abdul Aziz Al Haddad, Grand Mufti and Director of the Iftaa Department.
“But,” Dr Ahmed continued, “if scientific progress brings destruction and damnation of man, at that time, science should not push progress towards destruction of humanity.”
Emirati Khalid Al-Jaaidi, 21, signed up and is one of 1,000 people to be shortlisted for the Mars One project.
“Since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed with exploration and travelling. But I had to grow up to the fact that everything on earth has been already discovered in terms of land,” said Khalid.
“I do believe they have their own very good reason why they chose to decide with the Fatwa, but I’m still thinking about it. It’s something to seriously consider,” he added.