This month a new airline will emerge with a curious mission: to be the Halal friendly skies. Rayani Air will be Malaysia;s first “Islamic airline.” That alone is not too surprising. After all, we had Hooters Airline for people with a different transportation need. (Frankly, I would just be delighted if a religious airline declared that God intended passengers to have legroom). No, the surprising thing is the impetus for the airline: conservative Muslims believe that the two Malaysia Airlines recent disasters were punishments from God for not adhering to Islamic values. That’s right. God killed a couple hundred people (including devout Muslim passengers) because the airline was not sufficiently pious.
Now here is the other surprising fact. The founders Ravi Alagendrran and wife Karthiyani Govindan are actually a Hindu Indian couple (They combined Alagendrran and Karthiyani to create “Rayani.”). (It is reminiscent of our earlier discussion of ChristianMingle and its Jewish owners).
We have previously discussed this bizarre notion of God killing people to show his displeasure. It would seem axiomatic that God should be at least as logical and human as those he created. Otherwise, those 11 people killed on Christmas could be claimed to be the same type of message to reform Texas politics or commit to a different set of religious doctrines.
Now Muslims can fly Rayani and have Islamic prayers read before taking off and no prohibited foods or alcohol. Presumably, God will then just down one of those Are Lingus or Lufthansa flights.