Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Celebrating giant leaps

One of the few advantages of living in a ‘religious’ society is the public holidays. Yesterday, 20th July, was a day off to celebrate ‘Isra-Miraj’ – dreams of the prophet which, according to some authorities, were two separate ‘events’ taking place at different times. Of course popular Islamic mythology has these dreams as real events and had the prophet physically flying to Jerusalem and ascending bodily to the seventh heaven.
Yesterday was, coincidentally, the fortieth anniversary of the first moon landing – which I saw on television in the window of the US consulate in Zagreb.
It seems a little strange that many of those who believe in the literal actuality of the Isra and Miraj deny that the US  moon landings ever took place.