No funeral rites for Muslims on board MH370: Malaysian minister

No funeral rites for Muslims on board MH370: Malaysian minister
A photograph of Mr Mohd Khairul Amri Selamat, an aircraft engineer with an international company, who was among the 239 passengers and crew onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight.

PUTRAJAYA - No funeral rites will be held for Muslim passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 until the search mission is concluded.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said all passengers and crew members of the plane were still being categorised as "missing persons" by the National Fatwa Council.

He said the Muslim solat jenazah ghaib, or funeral prayers for missing persons, would only be held after the mission ended.

"In these challenging times, we should work together and pray for the best so that the aircraft will be found soon," he said in a statement yesterday.

Jamil, who is in charge of Islamic affairs, called on mosques nationwide to organise yassin and Quran recitals to pray for Flight MH370.

A yassin recital will be held today at Masjid Negara after the Maghrib prayers.

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