Covid-19: Sri Lanka chooses remote island for burials

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[…]

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WCape Muslim burials not affected by strike

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[…]

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Hambe Kahle Advocate Hishaam Mohamed

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[…]

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Cost of Muslim COVID19 burial raises questions

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[…]

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Bo-Kaap community devastated by first COVID-19 death

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[…]

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Janazah conditions for COVID-19 patients

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[…]

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