The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) has urged all Muslims to hold solat hajat (prayers for a special request) for the families and passengers of flight MH370 which has been missing for close to a week.
In its Friday sermon today, Jakim asked Muslims to help calm the emotions of those who have lost loved ones in the incident, and for the country to overcome this tragedy.
Jakim also reminded Muslims not to speculate or spread rumours that would hurt the feelings of relatives and friends of those missing in the flight, which had been headed for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur.
“As Muslims, we must not hurt the feelings of the families. Instead, we must together comfort them. Let us all perform solat hajat so that we can overcome this tragedy,” JAKIM said.
As the search and rescue operation enters its sixth day, no sign has been found of the Boeing 777 airplane which was carrying 227 passenger and 12 crew members.
This is despite the fact that 40 ships and 39 aircraft from as many as 12 nations are helping in the search efforts.
The last known transmission from the airplane was at 1.07am, while it disappeared from radar at 1.30am over the South China sea on Saturday.
Jakim said the missing plane incident followed a string of catastrophes, with floods in parts of the country during the monsoon season, a high incidence of dengue, a drought that has caused water rationing and the worsening haze.
“These are all tests from God and anything that comes from God is not done without reason.
“At the same time, we must be optimistic that we can overcome anything that happens to us as God does not test us beyond our limits.
“If we are optimistic and have a positive outlook, whatever befalls us now will one day be regarded as a good thing.” – March 14, 2014.