09 November 2009

Iranian cleric shuns Mecca

Who would expect such a turn of events:

An Iranian cleric called over the weekend for a radical change in Muslim prayer practices, urging followers to no longer pray in the direction of the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The cleric, Ahmed Alam al-Hadi, told worshipers that Muslim states such as Saudi Arabia and Iraq have been taken over by infidels, urging them to turn instead to the holy city of Mashhad, located in Iran.
Of course, any single Muslim country trying to pull a trick like this will be blamed in pursuit of glory, happiness and, let's say it loud, financial benefits.

So, in order to prevent a rift in Islamic world, I would offer a following compromise:

It should work for everyone, once the Islamic world gets used to the idea. Besides, many notables in that place share quite a few of the ideas with inhabitants of Mecca and/or Mashhad. Especially the ones who, after achieving a state of financial bliss, have grown a new conscience.

Yep, it should work.