List of Muslim astronauts

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This is a list of Muslim astronauts who have traveled to space.

List of Muslim Astronauts[edit]

Country Name Mission (Launch Date) Comment
 Saudi Arabia Sultan Salman Al Saud[1] STS-51-G (June 17, 1985) First Saudi, first Arab, first Sultan and first Muslim in space
 Syria Muhammed Faris[2] Mir EP-1 (July 22, 1987) First Syrian in space
 Soviet Union Musa Manarov[3] Mir EO-3 (December 21, 1987)
Soyuz TM-11 (December 2, 1990)
Total of 541 days in space
 Afghanistan Abdul Ahad Mohmand[2] Mir EP-3 (August 29, 1988) First Afghan in space
 Soviet Union Toktar Aubakirov[2] Soyuz TM-13 (October 2, 1991) First Kazakh in space
 Russia /  Kazakhstan Talgat Musabayev[2] Soyuz TM-19 (November 4, 1994)
Soyuz TM-27 (August 25, 1998)
Soyuz TM-32 (May 6, 2001)
Total of 341 days in space
 Russia /  Kyrgyzstan Salizhan Sharipov[2] STS-89 (January 20, 1998)
Expedition 10 (October 14, 2004)
Total of 201 days in space
 United States /  Iran Anousheh Ansari[3] Soyuz TMA-9 (September 18, 2006) First Iranian female space tourist; first Muslim woman in space
 Malaysia Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor[2] Soyuz TMA-11 (October 10, 2007) First Malaysian in space

Praying towards Mecca in space[edit]

Malaysia's space agency, Angkasa, convened a conference of 150 Islamic scientists and scholars in 2006 to address the question, among others, of how to pray towards Mecca in space. A document was produced in early 2007 called A Guideline of Performing Ibadah (worship) at the International Space Station (ISS) and was approved by Malaysia's National Fatwa Council.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ A prince in space at Saudi Aramco World, January/February 1986, p20-29
  2. ^ a b c d e f El-Maghraby, Tamer (19 March 2007). "Eight Muslims in Space and Counting". Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Nine Muslims in space". The Brunei Times. 23 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "A Muslim Astronaut’s Dilemma—How to Face Mecca From Space" by Patrick Di Justo Wired 26 Sep 2007: