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Pre-flight Prayers

Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:26 pm

It seems it is a common practice in some airlines for a pilot(?) to pray before the flight (Royal Brunei for example) and this prayer is said aloud to the passengers in the similar matter as the safety information.

I wonder are these prayers played from a recording usually or are they done by a pilot (captain, first officer) real-time? If the latter is the case, is it mandatory for the pilots? Which airlines has the practice of pre-flight prayers? Are there any carriers based in non-muslim countries which uses the practice of pre-flight prayers?

I live in Europe and only heard pre-flight prayers several times but maybe somebody who is living in areas where this is common or is flying frequently there or is working for an airline practicising this could shed some more light on this.

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RE: Pre-flight Prayers

Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:44 pm



Quoting Sonic (Thread starter):
I wonder are these prayers played from a recording usually or are they done by a pilot (captain, first officer) real-time? If the latter is the case, is it mandatory for the pilots? Which airlines has the practice of pre-flight prayers? Are there any carriers based in non-muslim countries which uses the practice of pre-flight prayers?

The prayer is done real-time by the pilot. The prayer ( for when embarking on any form of transport be it a camel or a B777) is not mandatory but preferable. I don't know whether any airlines have officially got it down on their checklist before departure. My last trip to Pakistan on PK, the prayer was recited on the outbound flight but not the return, so I guess it all depends on whether the pilots can be bothered. I've never heard of a "non-muslim" airline reciting it.

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RE: Pre-flight Prayers

Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:47 am

These prayers are normally (but not always) recorded specifically for the cabin PA system, by an outside vendor, duly authorized by the airline in question.
 
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RE: Pre-flight Prayers

Tue Apr 22, 2008 12:59 am

Doesn't AS distribute prayer cards with meals?

Quoting Sonic (Thread starter):
It seems it is a common practice in some airlines for a pilot(?) to pray before the flight (Royal Brunei for example) and this prayer is said aloud to the passengers in the similar matter as the safety information.

What are these prayers about? Are they thanks for something (a job, opportunity to travel, etc.), a statement of faith, a request for protection, or something else? A request for protection could be kind of disturbing (not that I would understand Arabic).
 
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RE: Pre-flight Prayers

Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:13 am



Quoting 411A (Reply 2):
These prayers are normally (but not always) recorded specifically for the cabin PA system, by an outside vendor, duly authorized by the airline in question.

In my experience, they've always been recited in person by a pilot, or on occasion cabin crew.

Quoting Analog (Reply 3):
Are they thanks for something (a job, opportunity to travel, etc.)

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RE: Pre-flight Prayers

Tue Apr 22, 2008 1:33 am

From my parents, well mostly my Ma, before any long trip be it car or aircraft. I still do the sign of the Cross. It drives my wife nuts "What are you doing that for?? Do you think there is a problem?"
 
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RE: Pre-flight Prayers

Tue Apr 22, 2008 4:57 pm

I knew a Pilot thatr started off his First flight of the Day,With a prayer in the NWW & a tap on the RH side of the radome.This was a B737.
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RE: Pre-flight Prayers

Tue Apr 22, 2008 8:09 pm



Quoting Analog (Reply 3):

I believe that the prayers make the Muslims onboard the flight feel more safe, especially the ones that are afraid of flying. It's always nice to know that Allah is on your side.

Does anyone know if airlines like IR, EY, OR, etc also make prayers before pushback
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RE: Pre-flight Prayers

Tue May 06, 2008 9:35 pm



Quoting Imiakhtar (Reply 4):
In my experience, they've always been recited in person by a pilot, or on occasion cabin crew.

On MS, it is part of the IFE system. I was on MS 772s and 735s, and on both types, it was a recording played over the IFE with the text of the prayers scrolled in Arabic on the screens.
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RE: Pre-flight Prayers

Tue May 06, 2008 10:13 pm



Quoting Analog (Reply 3):
Doesn't AS distribute prayer cards with meals?

Continental (1980s) used to have a really nice one--I think I still have one...
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RE: Pre-flight Prayers

Tue May 06, 2008 11:15 pm



Quoting Analog (Reply 3):
A request for protection could be kind of disturbing (not that I would understand Arabic).

That all depends on your cultural context.  Wink Many people are more fatalistic than Westerners.

BTW on Royal Brunei they wouldn't be speaking Arabic, but Malay.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 7):

I believe that the prayers make the Muslims onboard the flight feel more safe, especially the ones that are afraid of flying. It's always nice to know that Allah is on your side.

Aren't you now assuming what the pax think?  Wink
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