www.e-fatwa.gov.my, the National Fatwa Council said Muslims could express their condolences to non-Muslim families.In a statement issued on its website,
"Condolences can be expressed to a non-Muslim family as long as there are no religious implications," it said.
"Wishes such as 'I sympathise with what has happened to you' or 'we express our sadness at the loss in your family' are allowed.
"However, a Muslim is definitely not encouraged to wish a non-Muslim person 'Rest in Peace'," the council said.
The council said RIP was an assumption that the non-Muslim person would receive God's blessings.
"It is similar to the Latin prayer of 'May his soul and the souls of all the departed faithful by God's mercy rest in peace’."
The council said this sentence was a form of prayer regularly used by Christians, especially during the 18th century and regularly engraved on tombstones.
"From an Islamic point of view, a person who has died in blasphemy will not receive God's forgiveness and blessings," it said.
The council's statement also said the wish also depended on the intentions of the individual saying “RIP”.
Early today, Karpal, the MP for Bukit Gelugor, died in an accident when the car he was travelling in collided with a five-tonne lorry near Gua Tempurung on the North-South Expressway.
Karpal, who would have turned 74 on June 28, was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Penang to attend a court hearing scheduled for this morning.
The impact of the crash which took place about 1.10am killed the prominent lawyer and his personal assistant, Michael Cornelious Selvam Vellu, 39, on the spot.
Karpal's son, Ramkarpal, and the car's driver, C. Selvam, were injured. Karpal's Indonesian domestic helper was also injured and is in critical condition at Ipoh Hospital. – April 17, 2014.
I am sick and tired of the sick ass inside the Fatwa Council. These crazy bastards think only Muslim can go to heaven and everyone else go to hell.
I can pinpoint many Muslim who not only go to hell, they will reincarnate as pariah dogs and pigs in the next life. One such fellow is Zulikifli Nordin who will turn into a three legged black pig and people will stone him to death.
These frustrated bastards also indirectly had implied that Karpal died in BLASPHEMY so he will not receive God's forgiveness and blessing. These frustrated bastards do not have the right to tell Allah what to do. It is Allah's right to decide who goes where or turn into what.
I am also very sure that the three Judges who found Karpal guilty for sedition will definitely turn into 3 little piglet for people to abuse.
TO MY LAWYER AND FRIEND