22 Apr 2008

Muslim Conference Wants Greenwich Mean Time Replaced


Muslim scientists and clerics have called for the adoption of Mecca time to replace GMT, arguing that the Saudi city is the true centre of the Earth.

Mecca is the direction all Muslims face when they perform their daily prayers.

The call was issued at a conference held in the Gulf state of Qatar under the title: Mecca, the Centre of the Earth, Theory and Practice.

One geologist argued that unlike other longitudes, Mecca’s was in perfect alignment to magnetic north.

He said the English had imposed GMT on the rest of the world by force when Britain was a big colonial power, and it was about time that changed.

A prominent cleric, Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawy, said modern science had at last provided evidence that Mecca was the true centre of the Earth; proof, he said, of the greatness of the Muslim “qibla” – the Arabic word for the direction Muslims turn to when they pray.

One Feedback on "Muslim Conference Wants Greenwich Mean Time Replaced"

David Hughes

i find this a splended idea altogether, which can mean longer nights for good and, millions of pounds saved a lot more on electricity bills, less traffic on the roads and also pollution and millions of more being being saved each year from road accidents and deaths by traffic and also reduced cost by air flights.

it may increase time differences with ireland and portugal and, may be scotland and northern ireland, but that’s fine.

we will also be one hour ahead of other countries in central europe even if it comes to trading hours like brussels, but that is still fine more longer nights for leisure times and encouraging people to get out much more later in the days like visiting friends, boy friends and girl friends and, after all long haul flights to eastern european countries and, there’s not such a thing of getting an extra hour on the flight back to england.

isn’t life full of dreams with longer and lighter nights.

david hughes


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