Buried At Sea

May 2, 2011 by staff 

Buried At Sea, Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea was quickly criticized by Muslim scholars who claimed he had violated Islamic law and warned that it may lead to calls for revenge attacks against U.S. targets.

Others use the sea for burial issue if doubt was, in fact, all the dead, doubts fueled by the absence of authentic photographs of his corpse.

Burying the leader of Al Qaeda in the land could have led to his grave becoming a focus of contention and pilgrimage, and ask tough questions about where they should be buried.

“To find a country willing to accept the remains of the world’s most wanted terrorist had been difficult,” said a U.S. official. “So the U.S. decided to bury him at sea.” The funeral was conducted according to reports from the deck of the USS Carl Vinson in the North Arabian Sea.

Senior U.S. officials told news agencies that his body would be in accordance with Islamic tradition, including ritual washing, covering and burial within 24 hours.

The 24-hour rule has not always applied in the past. For example, there was controversy when the bodies of Uday and Qusay Hussein – the Iraqi dictator Saddam children – were embalmed and kept for 11 days after U.S. forces killed them. Their bodies were later shown to the media.

The practices of Muslims are to place the body in a tomb with the head pointing towards the holy city of Mecca. Burial at sea is rare in Islam, though Muslim web sites say it is permissible in certain circumstances. One is a long journey where the body can decompose and pose a health hazard to passengers of a ship, an exception noted on Monday by the Tunisian scholar Ahmed al-Gharbi. Another is whether there is a risk of digging a grave enemy of the earth and the body of the exhumation or maul.

Dr. Saud al-Fanis, former Dean of the Faculty of Islamic Law in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, said that if a body was buried at sea should be protected from the fish. In the words of, the body must be lowered into the water “in a clay pot or a weight attached to his feet.”

Mohammed al-Qubaisi, Grand Mufti of Dubai, said the funeral of bin Laden: “They can say he was buried at sea, but can not say he did according to Islam burials sea are allowed for Muslims under extraordinary circumstances This is not. Is one of them? ”

Abdul-Sattar-Janabi, who preaches at Abu Hanifa mosque in Baghdad, said: “What was done by Americans is forbidden by Islam and could cause some Muslims is not acceptable and is almost a crime to throw one’s body. Muslim in the sea. The body of Bin Laden should have been delivered to his family for a country to bury him. ”

The Lebanon-based radical cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed, said: “Americans want to humiliate Muslims through this funeral, and I do not think this is in the interest of the U.S. administration.”

Analyst and Egyptian lawyer Montasser El Zayat said Bin Laden’s burial sea was designed to prevent his grave becoming a shrine. However, one option was an unmarked grave. “They do not want to see it become a symbol,” he said. “But he is a symbol in the heart of the people.”

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