Malaysia's first Islamic-compliant airline takes off | Singapore Informer

Malaysia’s first Islamic-compliant airline Rayani Air began operations Sunday with its maiden flight taking off from the capital to the resort island of Langkawi, local media reported.In-flight meals served on board its flights are completely halal, with alcohol consumption strictly prohibited.Muslim flight crew must don the hijab while non-Muslim crew are to be decently dressed, managing director Jaafar Zamhari told reporters.There will also be prayer recitals before take-off.”We are the first Malaysian airline to be shariah-compliant based on guidelines by relevant authorities. We are proud of this,” Jaffar was quoted as saying by The Star newspaper.”The shariah-compliant aspects will be refined as time goes by,” he added using the Arabic word for Islamic law.There are already other shariah-friendly carriers operating around the world, and UK-based Firnas Airways is planning to offer similar flights next year, according to a Bloomberg new agency report.Under the concept of halal — meaning “permissible” in Arabic — pork and its by-products, alcohol and animals not slaughtered according to Islamic procedures are all “haram” or forbidden.Halal standards also apply to products such as cosmetics, which may contain animal-derived ingredients, and the conditions under which they are prepared and stored.Muslim-majority Malaysia has long practised a moderate form of Islam but conservative attitudes are rising.A company recently introduced halal bottled mineral water in Malaysia, and Islamic speed dating sessions — where single women are chaperoned — have been embraced.A halal convention in Kuala Lumpur…

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