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More than 400 turn up to pay respects

Hundreds of people turned up at Assyafaah Mosque in Sembawang on Oct 16 for Miss Majiidah Khamsani's funeral, said her father Mr Khamsani Kharim.

Her body arrived in Singapore at 9am that morning on a flight from Kuala Lumpur.

Miss Majiidah's remains were taken directly to her family's home in Sembawang for cleaning up rituals according to Muslim customs.

The body was then taken to Assyafaah Mosque, said Mr Khamsani, 56.

Miss Majiidah was laid to rest at Pusara Aman, the Muslim cemetery at Choa Chu Kang, that same day.

Word of the funeral had spread on social media. More than 400 people - Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Dr Yaacob Ibrahim and Pergas president Ustaz Hasbi Hassan among them - turned up to pay their last respects, added Mr Khamsani.

Mufti Dr Mohamed Fatris Bakaram lead the congregation in prayer that day.

The Mufti is Singapore's highest Islamic authority.

Said Mr Khamsani: "As the father, it is my responsibility to lead the prayers for my daughter. But knowing that the Mufti came to the mosque to pay his respects to my daughter, that gesture was very much appreciated."

A Islamic Religious Council of Singapore spokesman said the Mufti made the visit in his "personal capacity". He was there to pay his respects to Miss Majiidah and her family who are "prominent Quran reciters in Singapore".