Praying in the wrong direction
Indonesian Muslims are being told to adjust their prayer antennae to improve transmissions to Mecca:
Indonesian Muslims have been praying in the wrong direction, the country’s highest Islamic authority has said.
The Indonesian Ulema Council told the country’s Muslim populace in March to turn west when they offered their daily prayers. Muslims are supposed to face the Kaaba, the religion’s most sacred site in the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
At the time, the council said the direction of Kaaba from Indonesia laid to the west.
Turns out, it didn’t. Africa did.
So, on Friday, the council issued a new edict: face northwest.
“After the first fatwa (edict) a few months ago that stated that the praying direction is west, we have announced the correct direction for praying is indeed northwest, and we have issued a new fatwa (edict) to correct it,” said Ma’ruf Amin, the head of fatwa division in the Indonesian Ulema Council.
“This is important because facing west will mean that people were facing Africa when they pray,” he said.
I hear that Sango, the African God of Thunder, is just happy he’s not going to keep getting five calls a day from several million confused Indonesians.