Srinagar: Kashmir’s Grand Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam Monday declared objections to bury the dead Covid-19 victims in local graveyards by some people as un-Islamic.
“Objection to the burial of those who die due to Covid-19 pandemic in local graveyards is totally against the basic tenets of Islam and the principles of humanity”, Mufti said on Monday.
Mufti Nasir said that he has received scores of complaints from the residents of various areas of Srinagar that the patients who succumbed to the pandemic at various hospitals are later denied burial in their respective graveyards. “I couldn’t sleep for the whole night after coming to know that our own Muslim brothers are objecting to the burial of those who die of Covid-19 in graveyards. I received complaints on phone and also various delegations visited my office seeking my opinion on the issue,” he said.
Mufti Nasir said that there is no opinion or a need to issue a fatwa.
“What treatment should be meted out to those who object to burial of Covid-19 patients, if they themselves die of the same virus? Should they be burnt?”, he questioned.
He urged people across Kashmir to wake up and instead of objecting to the burial of such patients, facilitate their burial while following proper guidelines which include wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
The Grand Mufti also appealed to the clergy to make people aware of some fringe elements who are trying to add more salt to the injury of those who lose their dear ones due to the deadly pandemic, by objecting to the burial of bodies in local graveyards.“It’s the prime responsibility of clergy and all the responsible people to ensure that whosoever dies of Covid-19, is given a proper burial in their respective graveyards. Those who object should be ostracised as they are not humans but elements trying to divide the Kashmiri society,” Mufti Nasir said—(KNO)
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