Most you know that Muslims are required to pray 5 times a day with their bodies pointed towards Mecca. Facing the proper direction, however, can be hard to determine if you’re traveling (especially in space!) away from home. To deal with this, Malaysian carmaker Proton will begin producing “Islamic Cars” for the global market. AP reports,
“Proposed by Iran, the collaboration would include installing features in automobiles such as a compass to determine the direction of Mecca for prayers, and compartments for storing the Quran and headscarves, Proton’s Managing Director Syed Zainal Abidin told national news agency Bernama.”
I don’t really get it. Sure, it’ll be easier to determine which way Mecca is, but don’t most new cars have some sort of compass installed already? And what about the “compartments for storing the Quran and headscarves?” Sounds like a good, old-fashioned trunk to me. But hey, if there’s a market for it, why not?