Muslim Astronaut to Address Annual Shura Banquet on May 11


Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, a Muslim astronaut from Malaysia (Wikipedia), will speak at the Shura Council Annual Banquet on Sunday May 11, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Anaheim.
In an email, the Shura Council has called upon the community to support it ‘by reserving space for yourself and your family (714.239.6473) and also encourage and ask your friends, colleagues and other family members. The cost is only $45 per person for this banquet dinner to honor the achievements of a Muslim who continued to fast while in space last year.’
From among more than a billion Muslims, Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor  has earned the distinction of being one of the only two Muslim astronauts to travel into space. Flying aboard Russian Soyuz spacecraft during Ramadan (Oct 10 – 21, 2007) he not only made Malaysians, but all Muslims proud.
In addition to his mission task[s] of conducting various scientific experiments, he found answers to the issues of ablution, praying, fasting and halal diet as an astronaut. Dr. Sheikh is an orthopedic surgeon by profession. His famous quotes:
“The best fast ever was in space.”
“I have done my soul-searching for many, many years by going to Afghanistan in 2002 after the war and Cambodia in 2003 for humanitarian aid under MERCY. I have always felt some emptiness inside not knowing what it was. But I have found my inner soul in space. I felt somehow complete while I was in space.”



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