After Bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. forces in Pakistan, senior U.S. administration officials said the body would be handled according to Islamic practice and tradition. That practice calls for the body
to be buried within 24 hours. Finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world's most wanted terrorist would have been difficult, the official added. So the U.S. decided to bury him at sea.
Many of our reader sent in the following question.
Is it Islamic culture to bury their dead in the water?
No, Muslims do not bury their dead in the water as a general rule. When administration said the body was handled according to Islamic practice, they meant that he was buried within 24 hours of his death. Muslims usually bury the dead before the sunset..... Burying his body at sea was to ensure that his final resting place does not become a shrine and a place of pilgrimage for his followers.
For sea burial, according to alislam.org, the body should be lowered into the water "in a vessel of clay or with a weight tied to its feet". The website adds: "As far as possible it should not be lowered at a point where it is eaten up immediately by the sea predators."
Many Islamic countries have their own customs and rituals regarding burial.
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