Islamic Burial- Why the Traditions? What’s the Purpose?

5 May

These days, a lot has been going on in the world, from natural disasters to multiplying wars, to the disputed death of Osama Bin Laden.

In news today, the main query has been, did the US follow the codes of Islam in OBL’s burial…  John Brennan, the President’s chief counter-terrorism adviser said, “The disposal of – the burial of Bin Laden’s remains was done in strict conformance with Islamic precepts and practices… it was prepared in accordance with the Islamic requirements.”  To be honest with you- I don’t know what to believe.   But I can say one thing-  out of all this, another interesting (and often neglected) topic ascended – why do we follow strict burial rules???  Why is it urgent to bury the body within 24 hours of decease?

Between this world and the next, the soul experiences a shock, a sudden sense of confusion– the spirit needs to transcend to a different world.  If the body is not directed to its resting space in a decent manner, the spirit will experience heavier confusion.

To read more about Islamic burial rituals click here.


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