A question that has plagued fiqh lovers for ages and has been used to confuse believers regarding their faith is how to pray in outer space? When is the time to pray? Which direction is the Qibla? What if we can’t touch our heads to the floor? What if the zero gravity throws us around the ship too much? You might be better off spinning in circles like a dervish in outer space. Rumi (rahimullah) would be proud. 😀
But subhana Allah, the scholars have tackled this issue and have come up with a set of guidelines for this fiqhalicious issue. I can’t remember where I found this but it was a conference that happened in Malaysia (I believe) and they came up with this.
Download here: A Guideline to Ibadah at ISS
Now that is one way of handling the situation, here is my own spin on it taking advantage of current technology.
All along a section of the interior of the ship have a groove built in on which an giant mechanical arm can be planted inside and move freely such that it can rotate and go all around the inside of the ships interior. This is important because there is no “up” in space so The arm would hold a platform on which the Muslim could stand on and pray. The platform would be magnetized so that the “magnetized prayer shoes” would hold him down. The entire unit would be programed so that it would remain pointing towards the Earth and specifically the coordinates of Mecca and constantly be synchronized as such.
You can see the drawing here. Imagine the inside of a toilet paper roll and an arm attached to the inside moving around up, down, pointing this way or that. (Click to see enlarged)
OK so maybe it’s a little unusual and out there…but a brother can dream. 🙂
Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdik la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk. Ameen.