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    Default Can we move deceased people from one country to another for burial?

    Assalamu Alaikum,

    A 24 year old brother died a few days ago, in a car accident, in my local area. Inna lilla hi wa inna lilla hai rai ja oon. For that reason I got thinking..when someone dies, is it permissible to transport their body to their country of origin for burial? (It's a common thing amongst Pakistanis). Also say if there's a scenario where say two siblings are on holiday in a strange country to them, say Germany...if one of them dies whilst on holiday, should they be buried in that country or is it okay to bring their body back to the UK respecting their family's wishes?

    I apologise if this question seems a bit trivial.
    In the Hereafter a terrible punishment awaits you but also forgiveness from Allah swt and His good pleasure. The life of this world is nothing but the enjoyment of delusion. (Surah al-Hadid: 20)

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    Something which may help answer your question, from sunnipath:

    Embalming And Moving A Body After Death

    Answered by Shaykh Abdurrahman ibn Yusuf

    My grandmother is very ill and we're considering options for her burial. She wants to be buried in New York (her plot is there), but she's currently in another state that's far away from there. In order to get her back to NY, in the case of her death she has to be embalmed by law. What is the ruling on this situation?

    Assalamu alaykum

    In the name of Allah the Inspirer of truth

    There are a number of problems linked with burying a person so far away. Firstly it is considered extremely disliked (makruh tahrimi) to transfer a deceased person from one area to another for burial unless it is just a mile or two (Radd al-Muhtar 1:602, 5:275) [AR. or further to the closest Muslim graveyard]. This is the opinion related from Imam Muhammad al-Shaybani and highlighted by Ibn Nujaym, Ibn 'Abidin, Tahtawi, and others. Second, transferring the body causes unnecessary delay in the burial process which has been advised against in the hadiths.

    Thereafter, the process of embalming is problematic in Islam for a number of reasons. One is that it requires some incisions to be made on the body of the deceased (which is considered disrespectful) and the removal of the blood from it, replacing it with a formaldehyde based fluid. The embalming fluid is traditionally made from formaldehyde (5 to 29 percent), methanol, ethanol (9 to 56) and other solvents. Hence, the fluid is made up of impure substances which go with the deceased into the grave. Islamic law instructs us to purify the deceased by bathing it, perfuming it, and shrouding it in white, etc.

    To conclude, it is severely disliked to transport her over a mile or two and the embalming is unlawful. However, if she is in a condition to travel then there would be no problem with having her transferred to New York while she is alive.

    And Allah knows best.


    Abdurrahman ibn Yusuf
    Another death that changes nothing in this conflict, but changes everything in one family.

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    As Salaamu Alaykum,

    In short, it is Makrooh (disliked) for one to transport the body of the deceased over a mile or two. Whilst embalming is unlawful (Haraam).

    It is advised to bury the deceased in the town they passed away.

    Wallah A'lam.

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