Indonesian Muslims told to change prayer direction 印尼穆斯林被告知改變祈禱方向

Indonesia’s Muslims learned on Friday they have been praying in the wrong direction, after the country’s highest Islamic authority said its directive on the direction of Mecca actually had people facing Africa.
Muslims are supposed to face the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia during prayer and the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) issued an edict in March stipulating westward was the correct direction from the world’s most populous Muslim country.
"But it has been decided that actually the mosques are facing Somalia or Kenya, so we are now suggesting people shift the direction slightly to the north-west," the head of the MUI, Cholil Ridwan, told Reuters. "There’s no need to knock down mosques, just shift your direction slightly during prayer."
Ridwan said Muslims need not fear that their prayers have been wasted because they were facing the wrong way. "Their prayers will still be heard by Allah," he said.
The MUI has, in the past, issued controversial edicts banning Muslims from chanting during yoga, and from smoking.
stipulate︰規定、約定、確定。例句︰You must stipulate how many hours you can work in a day.(你必須確定你一天能工作多少小時。)
knock down︰拆毀、拆卸、擊倒。例句︰The house is being knocked down to make way for a new road.(這棟房子正被拆毀以便為新建道路騰出空間。)
waste︰浪費、耗損、蹂躪、糟蹋。例句︰Invading armies wasted the countryside.(入侵的軍隊蹂躪鄉村。)

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