The Christians have claimed our official calendar dates with the “year of our Lord”, and now the superstitious Islamic folks want control a whole time zone. For folks whose holy books say to live in the world but not be of the world, they sure want to control everything in this world.
Saudi Arabia is building what it calls the largest clock in the world, with an inscription that says “God is greatest” in Arabic, atop the second-largest skyscraper in the world, in Islam’s magical woo city of Mecca. Saudi Arabia hopes to succeed in replacing GMT with “Mecca Time.”
For centuries, an astronomy observatory in Greenwich, London — the namesake of Greenwich Mean Time — has been the reference point for lines of longitude, ships’ navigation on the world’s seas and the time zones used today.
It’s still under construction atop a nearly 2,000-foot-tall building overlooking Mecca’s Grand Mosque, the point where Muslims around the world turn toward during their five daily prayers. Millions of faithful visit the site as part of the Muslim hajj voyage and other pilgrimages each year.
“We in Mecca hope to be the world’s central time zone, and not just have a clock to look at, to show off,” Mecca resident Hani al-Wajeeh told Agence France-Presse.
“Putting Mecca time in the face of Greenwich Mean Time, this is the goal,” Mohammed Al-Arkubi, general manager of Royal Makkah Tower Hotel, told the Arab News, a Saudi newspaper.
So, just because you build the biggest clock in the name of your imaginary friend you get to name the time zone?