A Saudi cleric has become the butt of an online joke after rejecting the theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun.
In a seminar posted online, Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari claims that the long-held belief championed by Copernicus and Galileo is false and that the Earth is actually stationary.
He highlights his theory by asking how a stationary plane could possibly reach China if the world was rotating the same way as the Earth and claims that if it was moving the other way "China would be coming towards it".
Mr al-Khaibari says the deduction is "logical" and tries to back up his argument by quoting other clerics before going on to claim that the 1969 moon landing was a Hollywood fabrication and that humans have never set foot there.
His comments sparked a wave of comments on Twitter using a hashtag that translates as #cleric_rejects_rotation_of_Earth.
#داعية_ينفي_دوران_الأرض Stop the world i want to get off.. Seriously.— Faisal Alwafi (@FaSs0o0L) February 15, 2015
#داعية_ينفي_دوران_الأرض What a coincidence that this would occur on Galileo's birthday!— Häyät Al-Ma'arri⚛ (@TheBoominati) February 15, 2015