The absentee funeral prayer was performed nationwide, on Friday, during the weekly prayer following the military aircraft crash which occurred Wednesday in Boufarik (Blida), 35-km southwest of Algiers.
Absentee funeral prayer for the crash victims has been decreed by the President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
“All mosques of the Republic will perform the funeral prayer for the absent after Friday’s prayer in accordance with President’s instructions,” said the Ministry’s communiqué.
It is worth mentioning that Mohamed Said Ramadan Al Bouti’s son, Mohamed Toufik, attended the prayer at Ketchaoua mosque.
“In this painful ordeal, we can only resign ourselves to the will of Allah and offer to the families of the victims, and the whole Algerian people our most heartfelt condolences and most sincere feelings of compassion and sympathy, praying to the Almighty to fill the victims with His mercy and include them among the martyrs and the righteous in His vast paradise,” said the official.
The Syrian preacher concluded his speech with the Holy Qur’an verses: “… give good tidings to the patient, who, when disaster strikes them, say “Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return.”
Noting that this is the first prayer to be performed at Ketchaoua mosque following his inauguration by the President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika after the end of renovation works.
The absentee funeral prayer has been also performed, on Friday, during the weekly prayer at the Great Mosque of Paris.
The military aircraft crash left 257 people dead, including 10 crew members, according to the Ministry of National Defence.
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