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    Giant Mecca clock seeks to call time on Greenwich

    For more than a century, a point on the top of a hill in south-east London has been recognised as the centre of world time and the official starting point of each new day.

    By Adrian Blomfield, Middle East Correspondent, and Martin Beckford
    Published: 6:30AM BST 11 Aug 2010


    Big Ben (L) and the Mecca Clock Tower (R) are now in competition to be recognised as the centre of time
    But now the supremacy of Greenwich Mean Time is being challenged by a gargantuan new clock being built in Mecca, by which the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims could soon be setting their watches.
    Due to start ticking on Thursday as the faithful begin fasting during the month of Ramadan, the timepiece sits atop the Royal Mecca Clock Tower which dominates Islam’s holiest city.


    It is at the heart of a vast complex funded by the Saudi government that will also house hotels, shopping malls and conference halls.
    Bearing a striking resemblance to both St Stephen’s Tower, which houses the bell of Big Ben, and the Empire State Building, the Saudi upstart aims to outdo its revered British rival in every way.
    The clock’s four faces are 151ft in diameter and will be illuminated by 2million LED lights along with huge Arabic script reading: “In the name of Allah”. The clock will run on Arabia Standard Time which is three hours ahead of GMT.
    When a glittering spire is added, topped with a crescent to symbolise Islam, the edifice will stand at nearly 2,000 ft, making it the world's second tallest building.
    The clock of Big Ben, by comparison, is just 23ft in diameter, while its tower stands at a mere 316ft.
    Residents of Mecca will also be reminded that it is time to pray when 21,000 green and white lights, visible at a distance of 18 miles, flash five times a day.
    But Islamic scholars hope the clock’s influence will stretch far further than the sands of Saudi Arabia, as part of a plan for Mecca to eclipse the Greenwich Observatory as the “true centre of the earth”.
    For the past 125 years, the international community has accepted that the start of each day should be measured from the prime meridian, representing 0 degrees longitude, which passes through the Greenwich Observatory.
    A standard time by which other clocks were set was needed to organise global travel and communications, but in the Islamic world the idea that it should be centred on a part of London is seen as a colonial anachronism.
    As Mohammed al-Arkubi, manager of one of the hotels in the complex, put it: "Putting Mecca time in the face of Greenwich Mean Time. This is the goal."
    According to Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian cleric known around the Muslim world for his popular television show "Sharia and Life", Mecca has a greater claim to being the prime meridian because it is "in perfect alignment with the magnetic north."
    This claim that the holy city is a "zero magnetism zone" has won support from some Arab scientists like Abdel-Baset al-Sayyed of the Egyptian National Research Centre who says that there is no magnetic force in Mecca.
    "That's why if someone travels to Mecca or lives there, he lives longer, is healthier and is less affected by the earth's gravity," he said. "You get charged with energy."
    Western scientists have challenged such assertions, noting that the Magnetic North Pole is in actual fact on a line of longitude that passes through Canada, the United States, Mexico and Antarctica.Giant Mecca clock seeks to call time on Greenwich - Telegraph

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    Quote Originally Posted by crippen View Post
    For more than a century, a point on the top of a hill in south-east London has been recognised as the centre of world time and the official starting point of each new day.

    By Adrian Blomfield, Middle East Correspondent, and Martin Beckford
    Published: 6:30AM BST 11 Aug 2010


    Big Ben (L) and the Mecca Clock Tower (R) are now in competition to be recognised as the centre of time
    But now the supremacy of Greenwich Mean Time is being challenged by a gargantuan new clock being built in Mecca, by which the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims could soon be setting their watches.
    Due to start ticking on Thursday as the faithful begin fasting during the month of Ramadan, the timepiece sits atop the Royal Mecca Clock Tower which dominates Islam’s holiest city.


    It is at the heart of a vast complex funded by the Saudi government that will also house hotels, shopping malls and conference halls.
    Bearing a striking resemblance to both St Stephen’s Tower, which houses the bell of Big Ben, and the Empire State Building, the Saudi upstart aims to outdo its revered British rival in every way.
    The clock’s four faces are 151ft in diameter and will be illuminated by 2million LED lights along with huge Arabic script reading: “In the name of Allah”. The clock will run on Arabia Standard Time which is three hours ahead of GMT.
    When a glittering spire is added, topped with a crescent to symbolise Islam, the edifice will stand at nearly 2,000 ft, making it the world's second tallest building.
    The clock of Big Ben, by comparison, is just 23ft in diameter, while its tower stands at a mere 316ft.
    Residents of Mecca will also be reminded that it is time to pray when 21,000 green and white lights, visible at a distance of 18 miles, flash five times a day.
    But Islamic scholars hope the clock’s influence will stretch far further than the sands of Saudi Arabia, as part of a plan for Mecca to eclipse the Greenwich Observatory as the “true centre of the earth”.
    For the past 125 years, the international community has accepted that the start of each day should be measured from the prime meridian, representing 0 degrees longitude, which passes through the Greenwich Observatory.
    A standard time by which other clocks were set was needed to organise global travel and communications, but in the Islamic world the idea that it should be centred on a part of London is seen as a colonial anachronism.
    As Mohammed al-Arkubi, manager of one of the hotels in the complex, put it: "Putting Mecca time in the face of Greenwich Mean Time. This is the goal."
    According to Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian cleric known around the Muslim world for his popular television show "Sharia and Life", Mecca has a greater claim to being the prime meridian because it is "in perfect alignment with the magnetic north."
    This claim that the holy city is a "zero magnetism zone" has won support from some Arab scientists like Abdel-Baset al-Sayyed of the Egyptian National Research Centre who says that there is no magnetic force in Mecca.
    "That's why if someone travels to Mecca or lives there, he lives longer, is healthier and is less affected by the earth's gravity," he said. "You get charged with energy."
    Western scientists have challenged such assertions, noting that the Magnetic North Pole is in actual fact on a line of longitude that passes through Canada, the United States, Mexico and Antarctica.Giant Mecca clock seeks to call time on Greenwich - Telegraph
    Who gives a fuck what time they set their watches to? They're always fucking late anyway.

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    "That's why if someone travels to Mecca or lives there, he lives longer, is healthier and is less affected by the earth's gravity," he said. "You get charged with energy."
    What a fucking retard. Perhaps he should join one of the annual tramplings to death, the idiot.

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    Harry, do you really need to quote the whole and only post on this thread to make your post?


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    Big Ben has fok all to do with GMT .

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    I think it's fair enough. Britain advanced the world in days gone by, now we see the Muslim Nation advancing the Human Race even further.

    Hmm... hang on a minute....

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    Does this mean mosques all over the world will be calling all muslims to prayer at the same time ?
    I have enough trouble with cats and foxes in the night !

    It would also mean most mosques in the UK would be in breach of their planning permission..........that will be fun.

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    "That's why if someone travels to Mecca or lives there, he lives longer, is healthier and is less affected by the earth's gravity," he said. "You get charged with energy."

    ...n charged with anything else if ya don't have your arse in the air five times a say..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    Big Ben has fok all to do with GMT .
    Shhh, you'll spoil all the melodrama.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Residents of Mecca will also be reminded that it is time to pray when 21,000 green and white lights, visible at a distance of 18 miles, flash five times a day.
    I think big ben should have 50,000 led's that flash every hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Big Ben has fok all to do with GMT .
    It's not too far from Greenwich, maybe 10miles at most, plus it is quite a nice looking clock.

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    These cretins lead the world in NOTHING else, so I suppose it's fair that they have a clock like this. I would like to see them lead the world in personal hygeine, that way I could talk to a Muslim for more than two minutes without my eyes watering and my sinuses getting stuffed up. The rest of the world discovered arsewiping and deodorant some time ago. Time for the muzzies to "lead the world" in that respect, also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bower
    Does this mean mosques all over the world will be calling all muslims to prayer at the same time ? I have enough trouble with cats and foxes in the night !
    Yea, time for a bit of spotlighting.

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    Bell ends !

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    At least they have "standard Muslim time" now.
    Maybe they can get their bombs to go off at the right time now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher
    At least they have "standard Muslim time" now.
    22:39 Mecca time, 19:39 GMT

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    What a fucking retard. Perhaps he should join one of the annual tramplings to death, the idiot.
    One can only live in hope.

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    I left Mecca ridin' on a camel
    Just about to lose my mind
    I was goin' on to Medinah, maybe on to Jeddah
    Where all the people live so fine
    My baby said I was crazy, my momma called me lazy
    I was goin' to show 'em all this time
    'Cause you know I ain't no fool an' I don't need no more schoolin'
    I was born just to walk the line

    Livin' on Mecca time
    Livin' on Mecca time
    Well you know I've been through it
    When I set my watch back to it
    Livin' on Mecca time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog
    I think it's fair enough. Britain advanced the world in days gone by, now we see the Muslim Nation advancing the Human Race even further. Hmm... hang on a minute....
    This is not one of your best posts but i havn't seen a average and boring post by you, ever lol. Teakdoor should give you some award

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