How do Muslim Astronauts Pray in Space?

To be a politically correct Muslim orbiting the Earth, will be a challenge.

Consider the dilemma of devout Muslim astronauts orbiting the Earth every 90 minutes, who must pray five times a day while facing Mecca. How does he determine the direction of Mecca and do they pray five times a day according to their orbital 90 minute day?  Malaysia’s National Space Agency, Angkasa, is holding a conference to consider such questions as the country prepares to send its first citizen into orbit.

Malaysia has four possible candidates which two will be chosen to accompany a Russian space flight to the orbiting space station. Three of the four candidates are Muslim.

Performing ablutions for Muslim prayers with water rationing in space and preparing food according to Islamic standards will be among issues discussed, said Angkasa’s director-general, Mazlan Othman.

“So far, Angkasa has not discussed these matters with Russia because the candidates have not been decided and the needs of Malaysian astronauts have not been determined,” Mazlan was quoted as saying by the state Bernama news agency.

“We have to make preparations to discuss with Russia when the time comes,” she added. (Source:

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