It’s easy to laugh at the Muslims over this because it seems kind of silly, but it does point up something that I think needs to be remembered in this country – namely that Islam is a highly flexible religion. It’s not a religion of monomaniacs as it’s often portrayed. There’s a wide variation in what’s considered acceptable, and the religion freely adapts itself to new circumstances – even space, as it happens.
It’s easy to laugh at Muslims because they ARE silly. Laugh away!
Something in your post makes me suspect you haven’t read the Koran much. “Highly flexible”? Infidels are not tolerated unless, of course, they are in the majority. :dubious: But that’s temporary, since Allah wills otherwise. How flexible is a religion that accepts no others and commands all followers to kill anyone that objects?
Sorta like 11th Century Christians, no?
(Want cites? I got 'em by the holy bookfull. Ask and you’ll be sorry. )
Assuming a 90 minute orbital period for the spacecraft, that would result in 16 dawns/dusks and sixteen times the usual number of 5 prayers per day rituals he’d have to go through, or 80 prayer sessions in a 24 hour period.
As the prayer ritual takes about 10 minutes to perform, that would mean he’d need to pray for 800 minutes per day.
That still leaves him ten hours per day to conduct scientific experiments. More than enough time for him to help advance the cause of science.