"After all, Islam is a way of life! Though I would be the ninth Muslim to go to space, it was important for me to show to the world that Islam lies in your soul. Whether on earth or in space, it's important for a Muslim to perform his or her responsibilities. This was what I had been stressing on right from the very beginning, as I had hoped to open up the eyes of the Muslim world. It was the least that I could do, being a Muslim."
~Datuk Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, Malaysian Angkasawan
Aren't we feel the same?
Aren't we feel proud of being a Muslim?
If you ask me, I personally think that Islam is the most practical religion. As it had been stated by Dr. Sheikh in his journal, no matter how hard the situation we are in, we can never miss our obligations to Allah.
Why? Because we are Muslims; the true believers of Allah.
And that's a unique thing about being a Muslim!
Even we still can fulfill our responsibilities to our Lord in space,
so we have no excuse to miss our five time daily solah on earth.
It's true that "There's no compulsion in religion..." however, we will find out how tough our lives will turn out to be if we have a weak bondage with our Lord.
The further we go from Allah, the furthest Allah will leave us.
Sure we don't want that to happen, do we?
So, we eat, we pray and we also love.
These three elements, if they are combined together, we can immediately see the beauty and miracle of being born as a Muslim and the blessing of growing up as a Mu'min.