Don’t seek burial in holy cities: Saudi to Muslims

Saudi Arabia`s Interior Ministry has moved to halt the increasingly popular practice of Muslims seeking burial in Mecca & Medina, a Saudi newspaper said today.

Last Updated: May 29, 2010, 21:42 PM IST

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia`s Interior
Ministry has moved to halt the increasingly popular practice
of Muslims seeking burial in the holy cities of Mecca and
Medina, a Saudi newspaper said today.

A recent ministry circular said all Muslims,
whether Saudis or foreigners, should be buried in the place
where they die, the Arab News reported.

It added that the country`s top Muslim scholars of
the Council of High Ulema agreed that families should not ship
the corpses of loved ones to the holy cities for burial, the
newspaper said.

"Under shariah (Islamic law) rules, the dead bodies
should be buried without any delay before the corpse begins to
decompose," the ministry said.

The newspaper quoted Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz
al-Sheikh as saying there was no basis in Islamic texts like
the Quran for people seeking burial in Mecca or Medina.

"It will not reduce the sins of the dead to be
buried in Mecca or Medina. Only their good deeds will
accompany them to their graves," said the mufti, the country`s
highest religious authority.

PTI