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Seeking divine intervention

Published on: Friday, March 14, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Jakim believes spiritual intervention may be the only and best hope left yet in finding Flight MH370 that went missing early Saturday enroute to Beijing from the national capital with 239 people on board.

"We need divine intervention. Experts, advanced machinery and all the help that man can think of have been unable to locate it.

It's about time we seek spiritual intervention but not the type that involves bomohs (shamans) or invoking supernatural beings like jinn," said Director Ustaz Abdul Halim Ahmad.

He referred to prayers to Allah through "Solat Hajat" - a specific request to find a solution and be in a surrendering mode for a miracle and called on staff at the Federal Administrative Complex to perform such prayers.

About 200 people attended the "Solat Hajat" prayers involving 24 agencies at the Federal Administrative Complex here Thursday.

Halim also clarified the bomoh issue which was stated by Jakim Malaysia's Director General, Dato' Haji Othman Mustapha. The same goes for other difficulties in life or other issues and even other things we have lost.

"Some Muslims go to a bomoh to seek help when an item is missing.

Islam does allow alternative ways of seeking assistance and treatment as long as it is not against its teachings.

"The guidelines of seeking alternative medication and assistance that are in line with Islamic teachings can be obtained through: http://www.islam.gov.my

"We have tried our best. If human hands can't do it, Allah can do it.

We put this in his hands. All we can do is pray and try our best and hope our prayers will be answered soon as possible," he said at the Federal Administrative Complex surau.

He also said Jakim found out in 2004 that the treatments and spiritual assistance given by Ibrahim Mat Zin or Raja Bomoh who is conducting such rituals at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) are against Islamic beliefs and teachings.

Sabah Federal Secretary Datuk Abu Bakar Hassan chipped in saying that operations have been carried out with the assistance of people from other countries, but until today - the sixth day - the Boeing 777's disappearance remains a mystery.

"Everyone is doing their best. We are doing all we can, but only Allah knows everything. We hope for a miracle.

Let's join people from all over the world in prayer to help the crew and passengers of MH370.

"We hope the crew and passengers of this aircraft will be found and we hope they will be found safe and sound." There are no passengers from Sabah onboard the plane.

"As Muslims, we have to accept what has happened as fate and not blame other people," he said, adding, " all we can do is try our best in the best way we know how and pray."

He said prayers for this purpose have already been carried out in mosques and surau throughout the country.

A massive one will take place after discussions perhaps at the State mosque.