Cronavirus: Deep controversy over the funeral of Corona-afflicted Muslims in Sri Lanka

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Deep controversy over the funeral of Corona-afflicted Muslims in Sri Lanka



This decision of the government is against our religious principles. The ACJU urged health officials to reconsider the decision.

Controversy has deepened in Sri Lanka over the funeral of Muslims killed by Corona. Several Muslim organizations have appealed to the government to reconsider its decision on the funeral of corona-victims’ corpses. He says that amending the rules related to cremation is against Islamic tradition.

Cremation is mandatory for every patient who dies of corona

Explain that ignoring the opposition of Muslims, the Sri Lankan government has made it mandatory for the cremation of patients who lost their lives from Corona. So far nine people, including three Muslims, have died in the neighbouring country.

Out of the country’s 2.1 crore population, about 21 lakh are Muslims.

The dead bodies of all Muslim patients who died from Corona have been cremated despite opposition from relatives. Out of the country’s 2.1 crore population, there are around 21 lakh Muslims.

WHO allows burial for Muslims

In a letter to the Director-General of the Sri Lankan Health Service, All Ceylon Jamayatul Ulama (ACJU) claimed that according to World Health Organization guidelines, more than 180 countries have allowed burials for Muslims who die from Corona. It is our moral duty to follow the law of the country, but that does not mean that we support this decision.

ACJU said – Sri Lankan government’s decision is against religious principles.

This decision of the government is against our religious principles. The ACJU urged health officials to reconsider the decision. Muslim organizations have assured the government that they will follow the required standards. This includes protective measures such as digging the tomb and covering the tomb with cement.

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