Can Muslims be cremated?

Question

I want to find out if Muslims can be cremated instead of buried? Kindly advise. Thank you


Answer

The religion of all the Prophets, Islam, has established the tradition of burial of a deceased human body as the appropriate and dignified way of dealing with it. We believe that cremation should be avoided. Even though this method is not directly addressed in the Qur'an or the Sunnah, still burning a human body will not be considered good because 'fire' in the Qur'anic text is linked to the punishment of hell in the hereafter. It is better to stick to the ways of the Prophets.

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Mushafiq Sultan


Mushafiq Sultan, born in Kashmir (Indian Administered) in 1988, has been studying world religions from his school days. In 2009 Mushafiq came across the works of Ustaz Javed Ahmad Ghamidi and since then has been highly influenced by his thought. He has an exceptional interest in world religions, their philosophies and their mutual relations. He formally joined Al-Mawrid in 2016 as Assistant Fellow (Honorary). Presently, he is in charge of Al-Mawrid’s query service. In 2016, he published his first book ‘Muhammad (sws) in the Bible- An Exposition on Isaiah 42’. He has written articles on Islam, Christianity and Hinduism. He has also translated several articles of Javed Ahmad Ghamidi into Hindi.

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