JAKARTADAILY.ID – The chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) of West Java, Rachmat Syafei, said that the family of Ridwan Kamil had fully accepted and believed that Emmeril Kahn Mumtadz, or Eril had died from drowning in the Aare river in the city of Bern, Switzerland.
"Mr. Mochamad Ridwan Kamil and his wife have let go (Eril) and believe that Emmeril Kahn Mumtadz, their beloved son, has died from drowning," said Rachmat Syafei in a West Java MUI circular letter signed, Thursday, June 2, 2022.
Rachmat Syafei said, in a meeting with Ridwan Kamil's family on Thursday night, June 2, 2022, Eril's family have shown an explanation from the Indonesian Embassy in Switzerland, which said the authorities in Bern had changed the status of the search for Emmeril Khan Mumtadz from "missing person" to "drowned person."
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"This indicates that the person being sought may have died," Rahmat Syafei said.
Provided with that explanations, and taking into account the provisions of Islamic sharia teaching, the person must be prayed for immediately.
West Java MUI called on the public to perform the absentee funeral prayers for Eril.
"Because the body has not been found, the funeral prayer is carried out by means of the absentee funeral prayer. Therefore, the MUI of West Java Province calls on the entire Muslim community to perform the absentee funeral prayer for the late Emmeril Kahn Mumtadz on Friday, June 3, 2022, in every mosque and musalla," he said referring to Islamic Friday prayers.
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The West Java MUI also ordered all districts and cities to forward this call to the MUI ranks below it and to convey it to all Muslim communities in their territories.
The West Java MUI, said Rachmat Syafei, also felt very deep sorrow and prayed that the family would be given the courage to accept this disaster.
Emmeril Khan Mumtadz, son of the Governor of West Java, Ridwan Kamil, went missing in the Aare river in the city of Bern, Switzerland, on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Until this news was published, the search for Eril was still being carried out by the authorities in Bern.
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