Regarding Cremation

Question

What is the Islamic stance on cremation?


Answer

I am afraid the issue of cremation never arose during the life of the Prophet (sws). Therefore, we do not have any Qur'anic verse or a prophetic saying in this regard. The Sunnah (practices established as a part of the religion) requires the Muslims to bury their dead after washing the corpse and clothing it in a shroud. This practice is based on divine guidance, and it distinguishes the Muslim tradition from others. We see that all three Abrahamic religious traditions follow this practice. Therefore, we believe that cremation should be avoided.

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