Plight of Flight MH370: (Comment 4, March 30, 2014)


Twenty-two days have slipped by and the mystery of the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 is still unsolved, rather it’s deepening. Hence, our hope and prayers for MH370 continue.

Mr Ahmad Seth, son of the missing plane’s pilot Mr Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, has full hope that his father is still alive. We share his hope, and share our hope and prayers with the relatives of those on board MH370.

For Muslims, this episode is Allah’s test of the patience of the relatives of those in the missing plane. People do disappear without any trace. People die in various ways, like from just a small fall, fights, accidents and disasters. But, in the case of MH370, those relatives waiting for the news of the ill-fated plane have to:
(1) pray for the best to happen and
(2) place “tawakkal” (put thrust in Allah and accepting the results that He decides regardless of how they may turn out to be, while, at the same, fully putting great efforts in our endeavour. Allah says in the Qur’an: “And whoever places his trust in Allah, Sufficient is He for him, for Allah will surely accomplish His Purpose: For verily, Allah has appointed for all things a due proportion.” (65:3)

While we put our trust in Allah, efforts to look for the missing plane must go on and indeed the search efforts by experts in satellite sightings as well as oceanographers and aviation teams have been relentless. What is so apparent in the MH370 episode is that more and more nations are coming together to extend a helping hand in the search for the plane. There is togetherness.

However, the togetherness we see now must not be during hard times only. It has to happen even when times are good. The world needs togetherness and unity. We want peace and harmony to reign.

Shaik Kadir

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