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[…]
The Western Cape Muslim Undertakers Forum has raised concern around the lack of security at the Mowbray makbara to safeguard the premises at night. This comes after 80 headstones were removed on Wednesday morning and placed in cult-like symbols in the cemetery. The desecration has caused outrage in the Muslim[…]
Pertinent issues relating to Muslim death and burial challenges were raised at a broad stakeholders meeting hosted by the Western Cape Muslim Undertakers Forum at the weekend. Held at the Darul Islam Boys campus in Surrey Estate, the conference brought together Muslim cemetery boards, undertakers, death registrars, burial societies, ghasiels[…]
Following a lengthy and exhausting wait, a total of six bodies of deceased have been released to their family members for burial. This amid a severe backlog at the province’s Forensic Pathology Services (FPS) of 176 bodies awaiting postmortem. Speaking to VOC News, the chairperson of the Western Cape Muslim[…]
A group of Muslim undertakers under the Western Cape Muslim Undertakers Forum are gathering outside the Salt River Mortuary this morning to protest the current backlog of autopsies. The Forum says state mortuaries have had a long standing policy of prioritizing the autopsies Muslim bodies but this policy was allegedly[…]
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