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N.B. I was debating whether to add an answer to this but I disagreed with the (now previously-accepted) answer that stated the Malaysian fatwa would be used, and wanted to give a more detailed reason why from the perspective of Islamic law. Looking back on this, I realise it's a bit of an information dump with no real references, but unfortunately it's the ...


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(I'm taking a go at this from a 'classic' sci fi angle) I would guess to a certain extent, it depends on how earth was destroyed. In the dune universe - one of the refrains you would hear from the fremen, who followed a hybrid religion with some aspects of islamic culture ofen called out "THEY HAVE DENIED US THE HAJ" in the novels. If earth was ...


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To begin with, maybe the reader of the answer is meticulous about that, I'm a conscious Muslim. Even the accepted answer points to a "idea(fatwa) from a seikh" which may really change your religion and ideas brutally in a wrong manner. I even believe that most of the upvotes of the accepted recently answer are from Muslims. The ridiculous part is ...


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I'm also not a Muslim, so take this answer with a huge grain of salt... It seems to me that this is not a question of religious legalisms, so much as a question of the political structure of Islam (and how that structure might change following the destruction of Earth). As you know, there are already multiple branches of Islam, with their own distinct ...


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There are apocalypticists. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Apocalypticists Apocalypticism is the religious belief that there will be an apocalypse, a term which originally referred to a revelation of God's will, but now usually refers to belief that the world will come to an end time very soon, even within one's own lifetime.This belief is usually ...


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As salam alaykum! I think it's wonderful that there would be a portrayal of Islam in sci-fi. I'm not a shiek by any means, but given the tenor of the answers I think I'm the only Muslim to actually reply. As others have pointed out, Muslims in prayer face towards the Kabah, which is kept in the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca. (As a side note, it's also polite/...


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First you must realize that religions are amazingly adaptive and "eternal truth" can be - and has been many times - changed. This is true for all religions. Most often, a simple and practical solution wins out over complex theology. The two most simple solutions that come to my mind are: a) pray towards where Earth used to be. The Kaaba may not ...


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The simplest solution would be to apply the existing fatwa of 2007, which was a response to Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor's flight on the ISS. The practical problem is that although the direction of the Kaaba relative to the ISS is (obviously) accurately known, the direction many be changing too fast to obey the traditional directions for prayer. Several Muslims ...


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Well the correct answer is probably "that depends on the person". Like most things in religion, if there is space for discussion and altering points of view then some people will use those points of view. Currently they try to pray towards Mecca, not caring if they are on the other end of the world and would have to actually have to be facing down ...


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The Kaaba was saved. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaaba Circling the Kaaba seven times counterclockwise... is an obligatory rite for the completion of the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages. The area around the Kaaba on which pilgrims circumambulate is called the Mataaf... the Kaaba was thought to be at the center of the world, with the Gate of Heaven directly ...


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Depending on the size of the Earth-Shattering Kaboom, they would likely orient to face The location of Earth/Sol. The more interesting question is how they will complete Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). I am aware that Islam does allow for followers to not follow certain tenets if they are dangerous or physically impossible (For the Hajj, if you are unable to ...


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Not a Muslim, but I will try to give an answer based on the history of other religions. Take Judaism. While the Temple was standing, they used to carry out their rituals there. Once the temple was destroyed, they adapted their rituals where possible or simply did not conduct them any more. Something similar can happen in your case: considering that once in ...


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I am by no means an expert, but it seems to me that the Muslims will still pray towards the Kaaba, or perhaps toward the Earth itself. Perhaps they will consider origins to be sacred, and consider the molten shard left of the Earth as symbolic of a new beginning. Or perhaps they'll consider the molten shard sacred because it contains the legacy of the ...


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I would suggest nuclear generators. There is actually work to develop miniature nuclear generators. Before the apocalypse, your setting could have developed these, and scattered them all over the place in bunkers. They last a long time, and don't need a refill anytime soon, with enough power for your turrets. It would also be very fitting to the setting. You ...


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Renewable power Power comes in a great many forms. Your world seems to have oil in copious amounts, but it isn't the best power source. Especially unrefined it's dirty, smelly and not very powerful. The second problem is getting it. You need to get out to get it, or have big installations to get it from the ground. Running around is a security risk, while ...


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I am going to cheat here, but maybe you like my cheat. Have you thought about pneumatic rifles/airguns? With that tech level you should be able to build the air tanks necesarry to hold the pressure. It's better than blackpowder as it doesn't give away your position and is much more silent. Not to mention it doesn't require dangerous and complicated chemistry ...


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First scenario, it's unlikely they can, period. A group that small can only sustain a very low tech level, they're going to have to breed back up before technology is even possible--at which point their store of knowledge is no longer readable. Even if it is readable there's a big problem of resources--mining (and it's relative, drilling) are simply not ...


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Sticking mainly to the nutrition implant, the highest calorie-density food food we can digest is pure fat, and this will give us energy (better suited to long slow efforts than peak efforts) but is insufficient for long-term survival. We also need carbs and protein as well as micronutrients. Water is a major consideration, especially as using fat for ...


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Lots of great answers already offered, so I will cherry pick a few alterations to the existing proposals... Ocular Implant... If you have enough understanding of the human brain to implement the cerebral implant, then inserting a heads up display into the incoming visual feed shouldn't be a challenge. The proper place to insert is not in the eye but ...


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As with many such miracle medicine queries, the answer is both YES and NO. There are a couple things going on here that need to be addressed. First is the technical side of the question. From a merely technological perspective, the answer for most of these implant types is almost certainly a resounding YES. And many are a quite sure yes, even with present ...


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In the order listed: Ocular Implants - almost certainly not, not as described. Eyes move around a lot without humans noticing - these movements are called saccades - and as a result, "displaying" anything on a lens attached to the eye itself is computationally difficult and would be far more likely to result in motion sickness than any useful ...


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Big difference between the two scenarios. In the first you have all the scientific, technical and cultural knowledge of Earths society prior to the 'fall' BUT you don't have the resources or more importantly the numbers and experience to rebuild. No matter how brilliant your small group is there are literally thousands of specializations from book binding ...


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The problem is defined in your question. You've stipulated a general level of technology of about the 1890s combined with a lower level of industrialization than existed in the North America/Europe at that time. You then want to produce modern ammunition (.308, ,233 etc) Using the US as a template most of the great names in firearms manufacturing Colt, ...


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There are four components to consider: Projectile Propellant Primer Case Projectiles are by far the easiest to make. Assuming that the EPA was wiped out, go back to making lead projectiles. This is trivial with 1890s technology and decades or centuries after the apocalypse it is unlikely that there will be much functional kevlar armour remaining to ...


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Huge caches of ammo and guns. There used to be a lot of people. Back when there were many people, manufacturers made lots of guns and ammo for all the fighting all those people were going to do. Now there are just a few people left. The giant troves of guns and ammo remain, and they are more than enough for the little bit of fighting that now goes on. ...


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Producing certain ammunition is not tech intensive: smelting lead and letting it drip from an height will make round bullets, stones can be worked to make a something round enough to be fired by a gun, one can load a cartridge with metal shards. Sadly, none of the above is remotely similar to .223/5.56, 9mm, 7.62mm, .44 magnum, and 12 gauge shotgun shells. ...


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