posted on May, 4 2011 @ 02:24 AM
As the versions of the story developed, I found it difficult to understand why a government who had just killed an old, un-armed man take the care to
adhere to Muslim custom in the preparation for his burial. But, as it often is, there's more to the story than that.
Senior admin on
The decision has been made to respect Muslim tradition in burying the body of the most wanted man on earth. A senior administration official tells ABC
News, "We are ensuring it is handled in accordance with Islamic practice and tradition. It's something we take seriously and therefore it's being
handled in an appropriate manner."
Islamic law dictates that the body be bathed three times in a specific, ritualistic manner, while covered by a cloth. The bathers are generally
same-gender family members of the deceased, though this clearly will not be the case for the body in question.
After bathing, the body is wrapped in a kafan - generally a white cotton cloth, to protect the modesty of the deceased. Prayers are then said to
request forgiveness for the dead.
What many of us did not know, was that this, under Islamic culture, makes him no longer seen as a martyr by many.
A Martyr does not need to be Washed:
The body of a martyr, that is, a Muslim killed in a battle at the hands of disbelievers, may not be washed even though it is in a state of major
ritual impurity. His body should be enshrouded in the clothes he wore when he died if they are good enough for the purpose. Otherwise some additional
cloth may be used to enshroud his body according to the sunnah. The body of such a person should be buried in its blood-stained state. None of his
blood should be washed off.
Ahmad reported: "The Prophet, peace be upon him, said: "Do not wash those who die as martyrs, for their every wound or drop of blood will exude a
fragrance like musk on the Day of Judgement." The Prophet, peace be upon him, ordered the martyrs of the Battle of Uhud to be buried in their
bloodstained clothes. They were not washed, nor any funeral prayer offered for them.
In truth, it is unlikely that the preparations for burial were out of respect for either he or his religion, but more likely an underhanded attempt to
discredit his potential martyrdom.
...assuming the rest of the story is true