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AIR SHARIA: Hijabs, pre-flight prayer, no alcohol, halal greet passengers in the skies

  • Staff on Rayani Air flights adhere to strict rules in line with Shariah law 
  • Meals are 100 per cent halal and alcohol is forbidden on all flights 
  • UK-based Firnas Airways is planning to offer similar flights next year 

Malaysia’s first Islamic-compliant airline Rayani Air has launched, with its maiden flight taking off from the capital to the resort island of Langkawi yesterday.

In-flight meals served on board its flights are completely halal, with alcohol consumption strictly prohibited, in compliance with Shariah laws.

The dress code is also reflective of Shariah guidelines, as Muslim flight crew must wear the hijab while non-Muslim crew have to be decently dressed.


There will also be prayer recitals on the plane before take-off.

The company’s Managing Director Jaafar Zamhari told the Star newspaper: ‘We are the first Malaysian airline to be shariah-compliant based on guidelines by relevant authorities. We are proud of this.


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


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