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Indonesian Muslims Need A GPS

By Wyatt Earp | July 18, 2010

Apparently, they have been .

Indonesia’s Muslims learned on Friday they have been praying in the wrong direction, after the country’s highest Islamic authority said its directive on the direction of Mecca actually had people facing Africa.

Muslims are supposed to face the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia during prayer and the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) issued an edict in March stipulating westward was the correct direction from the world’s most populous Muslim country.

“But it has been decided that actually the mosques are facing Somalia or Kenya, so we are now suggesting people shift the direction slightly to the north-west,” the head of the MUI, Cholil Ridwan, told Reuters. “There’s no need to knock down mosques, just shift your direction slightly during prayer.”

Yeah, the last place you want to be praying toward is Somalia. That’s like praying to Detroit!

Topics: Snarkasm | 11 Comments »

11 Responses to “Indonesian Muslims Need A GPS”

  1. Smite A. Hippie Says:
    July 18th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    “No virgins for you!”

  2. Robert B. Says:
    July 18th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Not only are they clueless, they seem to lack a sense of direction.

    One of the longest years of my life was spent in indonesia. Terrible place, Jakarta. Opens sewers running between major highways, rampant corruption, crime, and racism. Yes, the locals are quite blatent about calling a caucasian a “bule”, meaning albino. I was so glad to leave there with my @$$ intact.

  3. Fenway_Nation Says:
    July 18th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    I think that’s highly unfair to Somalia to be compared to somewhere as lawless, corrupt and dystopian as Detroit.

  4. Ingineer66 Says:
    July 18th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Might as well pray to Detroit, it is the capital of radical Islam in America.

  5. RT Says:
    July 18th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    It only took until 2010 to figure it out, too! HA!

  6. Picky Says:
    July 18th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Someone I heard recently made the observation that if Mecca is over the horizon, then the Muslim is actually praying out into space, and nowhere near Mecca.

  7. JCM Says:
    July 18th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    If you extend the line of bearing far enough…

    They are praying to their own ass.

  8. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 18th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Smite – That’s okay. Virgins don’t know what they’re doing.

    Robert B. – “You’re my boy, Blue!”

    Fenway – Good point.

    Ingineer66 – Either there or Dearborn.

    RT – They’re a little slow on the uptake.

    Picky – Guess their prayers won’t get there.

    JCM – Only if they’re bending over . . .

  9. metoo Says:
    July 19th, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Idiot sheeple!

  10. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 19th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    MeToo – Now I’m just a dumb Roman Catholic, but we can pray in whatever direction we like.

  11. metoo Says:
    July 19th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Wyatt, same for us Baptists…standing up, sitting down, laying in bed, kneeling. It all gets heard.