A remote island has been chosen by Sri Lanka’s government for the burial of Covid-19 victims from the minority Muslim and Christian communities. The government previously forced minorities to cremate their dead in line with the practice of the majority Buddhists. It claimed burials would contaminate ground water. But the[…]
The Western Cape Muslim Undertakers Forum will not partake in the nationwide three-day strike announced by the funeral sector. More than 3000 funeral industry employees are expected to down tools and have vowed not to collect corpses after the government failed to respond to their demands. Amongst the grievances are[…]
For the first time in several months, Muslims can now ziyarat (visit) their deceased loved ones at Mowbray cemetery. The cemetery had been open only for burials, amid stringent COVID-19 lockdown regulations imposed by the government to curtail the spread of the virus. Due to a decline in Covid-19 cases[…]
Tributes have poured in following the death of Advocate Hishaam Mohamed, the former provincial head of the Justice Department, who had since 2019 been an ANC MP. Advocate Hishaam Mohamed passed away last night due to a heart attack. Having held various titles in the social justice sector since high[…]
As the Muslim community in Cape Town sees a surge in coronavirus related deaths and with the expected peak of the virus, the Muslim Judicial Council has trained 40 new toekamanies/ undertakers to assist families during this time. The group had attended specialized workshops on how to safely handle the[…]
As the number of COVID-19 fatalities in South Africa continues to rise, so does the despair of not being able to hold traditional burials . The Muslim community is no exception, with the virus claiming at least 59 lives in the Western Cape alone, with 95 deaths nationally. The increased[…]
With concerns that the Western Cape is yet to see the peak of coronavirus infections, the City of Cape Town is preparing individual graves to ensure a dignified service to the immediate family. While the demand for the burial of COVID-19 victims is still manageable, the city council said it[…]
By Tasneem Adams The Bo Kaap community is reeling after the first Muslim in Cape Town died on Saturday as a result of the coronavirus. 81-year-old Kulsum Cassiem was hospitalised last week and placed in isolation at Christian Barnard hospital. According to a statement by Health Minister Zweli Mhkize, the[…]
The coronavirus pandemic has put into sharp focus the need for more stringent burial and cultural rites if a Muslim person dies of COVID-9. Ulema bodies across the country have deliberated extensively on this issue over the past few weeks as South Africa deals with the harsh reality of the[…]
Questions around the processes for the burial of Muslim coronavirus patients have been raised, bringing to the fore a range of important issues from an Islamic and health perspective. As it stands South Africa has 402 confirmed cases of Covid-19. Gauteng has the highest cases of the virus and the Western[…]
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