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Last wish of the deceased to be buried back home

Fatwaa ID: 2050

Assalamualikum warahmatullahi wabarakatu. A lady died in US and her last wish was to be buried back home in Bangladesh. The family is financially not well thus trying to collect fund to fly the dead body. Is it permissible in Islam to delay the burial to honor her death wish or should they just bury her here?

Sorry to bother during weekend.

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

At the outset, it is not permissible to send the body to another place for burial. It is necessary to bury the body wherever the person passed away in the closest cemetery. This will be applicable even if the last wish or the wasiyyah of a person was to be buried elsewhere. The wish will not be honored. If it is honored, then the deceased will be sinful and so will those who execute that wish.

Accordingly, it will not be permissible to delay the burial in the enquired situation. The body must be buried here in the US at the earliest possible time. Furthermore, it is not permissible to collect funds for sending the body elsewhere nor is it permissible to contribute towards such a cause.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

07/09/1445 AH – 01/21/2024 CE

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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