Removing A Dead Body From The Grave

Question

What are the religious rulings about opening a grave or removing a body?


Answer

According to the Islamic teachings the dead are buried with respect and it is expected that the dead bodies will not be desecrated. However, there are issues and circumstances when this is extremely necessary. For example sometimes dead body of a person who has been murdered needs to be studied. Sometimes we bury an unknown person whose relatives may later be found and insist on removing the remains of the dead. In such cases the body can be removed and studied.

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