I found this pretty interesting:
Thier goal, according to the article, is to have the time reference point changed to Mecca. So, instead of everything being reference to "Greenwich Mean Time" (GMT) all of our time zones would be +/- x hours "Mecca Mean Time" (MMT).
It makes sense for them to want that, I think, because the daily lives of the practicing muslims involves pointing yourself towards Mecca, regardless of where you are in the world. Why would they not want to orient their time that way as well?
Trying to sort out how I felt about the idea, I came to the conclusion "there's no good reason to change the reference point" but also "there's no good reason NOT to change the reference point."
GMT was defined arbitrarily, just because the British were in power. Reorienting everything would be a pain, but only really in terms of internet/software things where you input your local time as +/- GMT. A change would mean having another "Y2K" scare, but as we all know THAT was no big deal... how hard could it possibly be to change it?
So what do you think, should we all go for Mecca time? Should we defend GMT? Where else would you put the global standard... New York? Tokyo? Somewhere way out in the Pacific so it's completely neutral?