In Mecca, about 200 mosques point the wrong way for prayers. This is making the faithful nervous:
Some worshippers are said to be anxious about the validity of their prayers.
Can you imaging believing that your prayers might not be heard because a building was slightly misaligned? Good grief! Do they really think an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-wise God would care about such a thing?
So what is to be done about this odious blasphemy?
There have been suggestions that laser beams could be used to make an exact measurement.
I have a better idea. Maybe they could get a bunch of Muslims to pray in the right direction, and see if Allah will fix the direction of their mosques. Or do they admit that their prayers, even when facing the right direction, can’t do anything in the real world?
Officials assure their sheep that everything is fine, their prayers were heard:
Tawfik al-Sudairy, Islamic affairs ministry deputy secretary, downplayed the problem in remarks quoted by the pan-Arab newspaper al-Hayat.
“There are no major errors but corrections have been made for some old mosques, thanks to modern techniques,” he said.
“In any case, it does not affect the prayers.”