Tuesday, April 7, 2009

They're Digging in the Wrong Place!

Now that high-rise buildings allow citizens of Mecca to look down on the city, they've noticed that some two hundred mosques have faulty prayer niches. Each mosque is supposed to have a section pointing toward the Kaaba, Islam's holiest site in Mecca's Grand Mosque. Turns out, a lot of them are off. This is a big deal, since a strict interpretation of Islamic scripture would seem to suggest that any prayers made in the defective niches are invalid. (Allah, apparently, has a really shitty WiFi receiver.) But the local religious leaders say there's nothing to worry about. They're making adjustments to the necessary buildings, and there's no reason to think any misaligned prayers are invalid. Why? Just 'cuz. Please, go about your silly business. More details here.

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