By that logic, there should be a fatwa against eating food as people can die from choking. Absolutely ridiculous. In this case, a trip to
Mars when humans have NOT YET figured out a way to land people on Mars safely...IS life threatening and essentially a ''one way trip''. You wouldn't
allow yourself or a loved one to become a human guinea pig, so you have no right to cheer on other humans to fly to Mars knowing they wont make it
@ MysterX.... By his definition, it could be argued driving a car, riding a horse or being careless around cattle is akin to suicide and issue
a FATWA against these and all other risk associated endevours, since they are all risky practices and have indeed led to the premature end to peoples
You're pointing out the ridiculous nature of the Imams argument, not mine.
You're right, backing up my point about risky endevours being interpretted as 'suicide' is indeed ridiculous and completely incorrect.
Islamists are among the worlds greatest pioneers. Over the centuries, Islamic peoples have brought about many innovations, academic, engineering and
Many of these innovations involved risk, some highly risky involving experimental practices where the conclusions and ramifications were unknown...or
in other words, the risk involved was deemed worth the potential benefit.
A scientific experiment, such as a voyage of discovery to another world, undertaken by people who obviously would rather survive the experience than
not, but are equally willing to endure the uncertainty of risk for the potential benefit to mankind, is exactly the same thing as endured by Islamic
pioneers throughout Islamic history.
People who take risks to further the Human condition are not deliberately committing suicide, but deliberately committing risk.
Therein lays the huge, gulf of difference between deliberate suicice and calculated risk.
you keep mentioning a landing on Mars...as far as i'm aware, nobody is proposing to fire a rocket at Mars and deliberately crash it through the thin
atmosphere to see how far it will bury itself into the surface!
A landing system and procedure WILL be part fo the design you know. There no guarantees in any risky endevour, and any craft may well end up failing
and crashing to the surface..however, the difference is, the craft and the people inside will not intentionally be doing so.
Not suicide, but risky.
BTW..guinea pigs are lab animals with absolutely zero choice in what Humans do to experiment on them...Human beings offerring themselves have 100%
choice and are choosing to participate. So they and the comparison are not even remotely similar.
Your argument and opposition on Humans going on a mission to Mars ultimately boils down to one principle...should Humans only be permitted to die on
edit on 21-2-2014 by MysterX because: added info