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Close Enough To Offend?

Gosh I hope so.

I saw this post at Moonbattery about Mosque-in-a-box, which they referred to as a porta-mosque. It’s for the muzzie on the go, who wants to do better than just a rug on the sand when those five pillars come around each day. It’s kind of like a well decorated washing machine box. A couple of large bits of painted cardboard to set the proper mood.

Then I wondered about how the good little observant muzzies would orient the darn thing. Turns out they have this already worked out, with the aid of a compass and a good idea of where you are and what the local magnetic declivity is. And for the modern fellah, they even have these things online. The device, or the act, that locates Mecca is called a Qibla.

Well, two can play that game. For my place, it turns out that my line is 57.86° from true North; call it North East by East (for you former scouts and sailors). This gives me the proper great circle arc. It also turns out to be just about at right angles to the breezeway outside here, so looking straight out my front door is nearly looking to Mecca. And my front door is parallel to my toilet, come to think of it.  Fancy that. Ok, it’s not exactly perfectly in line with Mecca. I’d have to twist a couple inches to the right. And that gave me an idea and also made me wonder ... how close is close enough?

Because you shouldn’t use the prefix ”porta-” to an American. Because we’ll always think of those wonderful plastic outhouses we see in campgrounds, at concerts, and at building sites. And when the suffix is “-mosque” we’ll make this connection in a heartbeat:


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And now they can all be properly aligned. Think of it as a kind of offensive feng-shui. Between the qibla link above and Google Maps online, it should only take you a minute or two to figure out the proper direction to face sit.

I found there is a qibla app for your iPhone, so you have no excuses not to.



So, have I earned my fatwa yet?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/20/2010 at 06:24 PM   
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