Kudos Series – Wired Magazine for covering the first Muslim Astronaut

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I forgot.

With everything that I see daily — political campaigners in the USA talking about bombing and imprisoning every Muslim nation to protect the sovereignty of their own freedom at the cost of others, political campaigners in Pakistan talking about welcoming such invasions to protect the sovereignty of their own wealth at the cost of their nations, people in general focusing only on finding the one chinch in your armor to take you down and spit on you, hypocrisy, selfcenteredness, bigotry, hatred, fascism, attacks, bombing, evil, negative, filth…

I forgot. That there used to be another world before this – a world where being a Muslim wasn’t some sort of fundamental genetic flaw that made you the prime weirdo in Aliens in America, where there didn’t have to be insurmountable invisible walls that divided basic human behavior and forced many of our own countrymen to hide their identities and faces just to be taken seriously, and where you could introduce yourself without losing everyone the minute they heard your first name, where we could “all just get along”.

I forgot, but one article written by a Patrick Di Justo took me all the way back there again. One article in Wired Magazine that quotes the Quran twice, talks about the work of Islamic Scientists in creating the Guidelines for performing Ibadah in the International Space Station, and most importantly recognizes the fact Muslims can be competent, normal human beings as well and can be respected for their choices in faith and good deeds. One article written by a Patrick Di Justo about a Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor made me believe again that the world can still live in harmony. One article that takes the first step in the process of remembering the good old days of peaceful coexistence, made me want to take the next.

I had forgotten how to, but thank you Wired Magazine for giving me some hope again.

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  • Hey great work at finding this document, I am at the moment in Malaysia, and this nation is gearing for a tumultuous celebration when their first astronaut launches into space. Newspapers have been abuzz with obligations on how to pray and fast during his stay in the ISS.

    I was actually planning to make a post about it and in fact will take your lead and try to drum up a collection of articles for everyone’s benefit.

    Thanks

  • while it is great that a muslim astronaut is going to space and it is a BIG deal to me as well, since I really want to see Muslim nations developing and advancing in every field. However, I don’t think that Wired magazine deserves that big of a “kudos”, since this story has been carried by economist, wall street, and few other newspapers/magazines around 2(ish) yrs ago…

    I would have given kudos to Malaysian ppl and in particular to the whole team behind getting this man ready for this mission.

    just my 2cents.

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