Kembara Members Observe Moment's Silence Over Death Of Tahfiz Students

Last update: 15/09/2017

From Abdul Rahman Ahmad

MAKKAH, Sept 14 (Bernama) -- Members of the 'Kembara Inspirasi Haji' observed a moment's silence to honour the 23 people of the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah Religious Residential School in Keramat Ujung, Kuala Lumpur who died in a fire this morning.

They prayed for the souls of the 21 students and two teachers and that funeral arrangements would be smooth.

An air of sadness could be felt at the dining area of the hotel here where the group was staying as a member of the group, Muhammad Shahuri Zainuddin led the prayers among the Malaysian and Indonesian pilgrims who shared their grief when they learned of the incident.

Muhammad Shahuri, whose 13-year-old son attends a religious school in Paya Jaras, Sungai Buloh also expressed worry that his son's living quarters were not safe.

"I pray that this does not happen in my son's school. They are short of money and pay whatever they can afford," he said.

He said for now, his son's school was closed for the holidays and he would meet the management to discuss the safety aspects in the school which does not impose any charges as it was sponsored by an individual.

Meanwhile, Kembara Project director, Khir Ariffin said members of the group conveyed their condolences to the families of the victims and hoped they would be strong in the face of the tragedy.

He said there had been many fires involving religious schools and it was time the government agencies and non-governmental organisations as well as the community took steps to ensure it did not recur.

The Kembara participants have travelled 14,700km across land routes from Kuala Lumpur across Thailand, Laos, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Dubai after which they left for Jeddah by flight to perform the haj.

The group is due to continue its journey to Madinah tomorrow.