NILAI: More than 300 members of a congregation from Masjid Pantai came together today to perform the ‘solat hajat’ prayers for Irish teen Nora Anne Quoirin, 15, who has been missing since Sunday.
The special prayers was performed after the Friday prayers here at around 1.45pm.
The mosque is located around 4km from The Dusun resort, where Nora was last seen six days ago, before she went missing.
The prayers were led by the mosque’s second imam Mohd Taufek Awaludin.
He hoped that the prayers would aid in the search and rescue (SAR) operations for Nora.
“It has been six days since Nora went missing and we’ve yet to receive any signs or clue.
“We hope with the prayers held today, it would ease the search and rescue operations, InsyaAllah,” he said after leading the prayers.
Taufek who is a former lecturer of the National Institute of Public Administration said the incident should be taken seriously as dealing with children with special needs is different from the others.
He said this was the first time a solat hajat was held at the mosque.
“We’ve had visitors who went missing before this, but mostly were those who came for jungle trekking and mountain climbing. All of them were also found within a day or two. This is the first time someone has gone missing for a long time,” he said.
He hoped Nora’s family would take the incident as a test from Allah and be patient.
Taufek also said the special prayers would be held on Fridays if the SAR still continues.
The special needs teen was found missing by her family about 8am on Sunday.
A SAR team formed to find her has seen 252 officers and members from various agencies involved in the operation to track her down. Helicopters from the Royal Malaysia Police Air Wing Unit and drones are also being used in the search.