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Malaysian Islamic body rules on how to pray, wash and die in space

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Malaysia’s first astronaut will blast off into space next month armed with guidelines from Muslim authorities on how to pray, wash and even be “buried” in space.

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Malaysia to Issue Rules for Astronauts

Malaysian AstronautsMuslim-majority Malaysia’s first astronaut will get guidelines allowing flexibility in praying in zero gravity and eating space meals under Islamic rules, the country space chief said Monday.

The government-prepared advice is for a Malaysian joining a Russian scientific mission on the International Space Station in October, Malaysia’s National Space Agency chief Mazlan Othman told The Associated Press.

Officials have previously said an Islamic code of conduct in space is necessary because few Muslims have embarked on such expeditions, and there have been no standardized guidelines for them.

Malaysia’s two finalists for the voyage, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and Faiz Khaleed, are now training in Moscow. They were selected from more than 10,000 candidates.

Malaysia held a forum for Islamic scholars in April 2006 to discuss problems Muslim space travelers might face, such as pinpointing the Saudi holy city of Mecca, which Muslims are expected face when they pray five times a day.

The guideline booklet, published this month, says the direction should be determined “according to the capability” of the astronaut.

Those in space during the holy fasting month of Ramadan — when Muslims are required to go without food or water from sunrise to sunset — can choose to fast then or to make up for it when they return, the booklet says.

The first Malaysian astronaut’s stint will likely overlap with Ramadan, which starts in mid-September this year.

If Muslim astronauts doubt whether a meal is halal, or prepared according to Islamic rules, they “should consume it only to the extent of restraining hunger,” the guidelines say.

The astronaut must be dressed decently whenever in public view, which involves covering at least the portion of the body between the navel and the knees for men. Both of the finalists for Malaysia’s first astronaut are males.

Maintaining Islamic beliefs “is mandatory for Muslims in every situation, time and place,” Mustafa Abdul Rahman, who heads Malaysia’s state-run Department of Islamic Development, said in the guidelines.

“Circumstances on the ISS which are different from circumstances on Earth are not an obstacle for an astronaut to fulfill a Muslim’s obligations,” he said.

Other Muslims who have gone to space include Saudi Arabia’s Prince Sultan bin Salman, who went aboard the U.S. shuttle Discovery in 1985, and Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian-American telecommunications entrepreneur who went to the ISS in September 2006.


The team of Malaysian scientists has been in Moscow since Sept 17 to prepare for the scientific experiments the Angkasawan will conduct in space.

But apart from the challenges of fasting in a foreign land and missing Hari Raya with their families, the team also found the going riddled with uncertainties and obstacles, Prof A Rahman A Jamal said in an email to The Star.

Members of the first team to arrive in Moscow with him were Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Prof Ramelah Mohamed (who is heading the microbes in space experiments), Universiti Putra Malaysia’s Prof Raja Noor Zaliha Raja Abd Rahman (heading the protein crystallisation in space), and Prof Hapizah Nawawi and Dr Gabriele Ruth Anisah Froemming from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (heading the subprojects on endothelial cells and osteoblasts).

“This was not going to be a smooth ride, but we have a good team of scientists ready to face and solve any problem,” said Prof Rahman, principal investigator for the cancer cells in space experiment. He is UKM’s Medical Molecular biology Institute (Umbi) director.

While waiting for their flight at the KL International Airport, they discovered that three of them only had single-entry visas to Russia.

“As we will leave Russia to enter Kazakhstan and return to Moscow after the launch (of the Soyuz spacecraft set to take off on Oct 10, taking the Angkasawan to the International Space Station) this meant that we would not be allowed to re-enter Russia,” he said.

When that was solved after frantic calls, their first consignment of equipment (weighing 800kg) that arrived on Sept 7 was confiscated by Russian Customs.

Astronautic Technology Sdn Bhd, which handled the logistics, later got the equipment released.

The second batch of scientists were hit with RM21,000 in excess baggage fees at the KLIA before boarding Malaysia Airlines.

Though they got a 50% discount, they discovered on landing that three boxes containing the biological specimens had mysteriously disappeared.

They initiated Plan B by asking project director Kol Dr Zulkeffeli Mat Jusoh (who was flying in to Moscow the following night) to carry some more biospecimens.


News that shocked the whole Malaysia

Nurin laid to rest 

Nurin’s father, Jazimin Abdul Jalil has finally accepted his daughter’s death and she was laid to rest at the Wangsa Maju Muslim cemetery on Friday.

Jazimin Abdul Jalil had twice denied his daughter at the mortuary. He had yearned for Nurin Jazlin to come home alive.

“How can I wish for my daughter to be dead? When I went to identify her twice, there was no DNA result given to me.”

“My heart would not allow me to accept the girl lying there, battered to death, as my Nurin – not without proof,” said Jazimin at his sparse two-bedroom flat in Wangsa Maju yesterday evening after Nurin was laid to rest at the Taman Ibu Kota Muslim cemetery.

But in the face of overwhelming media reports that police had released the DNA result, Jazimin and several family members including eldest brother Jasni sought confirmation from the police about 10pm on Thursday.

“We owe her justice. Find her killer and restore justice to my baby,” said Jazimin, Nurin’s father. “These psychos who should be put away in jail. They should be thrown out of the country. They are uncivilised,” he said.The family’s ordeal moved the nation, but there were some who only added to the family’s pain. Jasni said that hate mail was sent to the parents via SMS, blaming them for letting Nurin wander off to the night market on her own. The 44-year-old company secretary explained that the family quarters in Wangsa Maju lacked space so that was why the children would venture outdoors.

“Please tell everyone, the family thank them for the tremendous support,” said Jasni.

“They lost Nurin, but painful as it is for them, they are comforted by the knowledge that others share their grief,” he said.


  • Tears flowed freely as hundreds of people who turned up at the Taman Ibu Kota Muslim cemetery here to bid their final farewell to eight-year-old Nurin Jazlin Jazimin. Even the imam, Mohd Aziz Elias Zahari, who led the prayers cried. So heart wrenching was the death of Nurin, the victim of brutal murder and sexual abuse. She was buried at the cemetery at 2.25pm yesterday.
  • Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the Prime Minister, expressed sadness and anger yesterday over the brutal murder of Nurin Jazlin Jazimin. “Nurin Jazlin’s case is most touching. I’m sad and angry,” he told reporters after chairing a meeting of the Police Commission at the Internal Security Ministry in Putrajaya. Expressing his condolences to Nurin Jazlin’s family, the Prime Minister said police were tracking down the murderer.
  • A Sabah women’s group is repeating its call for the death penalty against those convicted of brutal rapes and sexually assaulting children as deterrent against these horrific crimes. Noting that the killing of Nurin Jazlin Jaziman was the latest in a seemingly “never ending” series of sexual offences against children, the Sabah Women’s Advisory Council said there was need for capital punishment for such offences.
  • Social Action Initiative Foundation executive deputy chairman Tan Sri Robert Phang is offering RM5,000 to anyone who can provide information on Nurin Jazlin Jazimin’s murderer. “I am offering this money to anyone who can provide information leading to the capture and charge of her murderer,” he told a press conference at the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) office here on Saturday. He also urged parents to always keep a watchful eye on their children at all times. Phang also said MCPF, together with Wangsa Maju MP Yew Teong Look, will be holding a Neighbourhood Outreach Programme which will kick off there on Oct 3.

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Malaysia Celebrates 50 Years of Independence (“Merdeka, Merdeka, Merdeka”)

It is 31 August 2007, Malaysia celebrate her 5oth Year of Independence.

In brief here is the history.

The independence of Malaysia is different from much of the independence of other countries. What makes it so different? It is a peaceful independence achieved by holding talks with the British. No other country has ever done that before Malaysia. Additionally, the Malaysian independence was realised by three people with different culture and religion. It is amazing how independence was gained that way.

After independence in 1957, Kuala Lumpur was the capital of the Federation of Malaya and continued to be the capital of the renamed Federation of Malaysia in 1963. For the occasion of independence, A large stadium, Stadium Merdeka (Independence Stadium), was built, where Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, declared Malaya’s independence in front of a massive crowd. On the glorious day of 31 August 1957, Allahyarham Tunku Abdul Rahman proudly declared the independence of Malaya (now Malaysia) by shouting out “Merdeka” seven times at the Merdeka Stadium.

Since that day onwards, the people of Malaysia promised to renew the political, economical and social structure in order to reduce the gap among the society. It is no easy job as there are many challenges ahead.

Therefore, we, as the younger generation and citizens of Malaysia, must protect our country from any harmful sources. We should work hard together to gain superiority and not to be left behind. Though education plays an important role, but it will only be successful the people are willing to contribute and sacrifice. The quality of independence is indirectly proportional to the action taken by its people to maintain and strenghten it.

Malaysia already 50…I am at 41…so let’s progress further for more betterment of the country Malaysia and also for ourselves.

In my language, Bahasa Malaysia, …”Selamat Hari Merdeka Malaysia …… Keranamu Malaysia …”


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