What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: How is to take the body of a deceased to Pakistan. I have heard that before the body is taken onto the flight, all the blood is removed and then alcohol is injected into the veins. What should one do in this case?

Questioner: Shuaib from UK


بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

It is Mustahabb [commendable in Sharī’ah] that a person be buried in the graveyard of the same city that they pass away in, even if they did not live in that city during their lifetime. In addition, unless there is a valid reason [in the eyes of Sharī’ah], some scholars actually prevent the body from being moved to a different city or country for that matter.

Just as it is stated in Bahār-e-Sharī’at, referencing ‘Ālamgīrī, that it is Mustahabb to bury the deceased in the cemetery of the city or village etc. where he passed away, even if he did not live there. In fact, he should be buried in the cemetery of the people in whose house he has passed away. There is no harm in taking the body one or two miles away, because the cemetery of the city is usually a certain distance away. If his body is taken to another city, then most scholars have disallowed (i.e. disapproved of) this, and this is the correct view.

[Bahār-e-Sharī’at, vol 1, part 4, pg 847]

However, it is mentioned in ‘Ālāmgīrī, whose other name is Fatāwā Hindiyyah, that there is no problem in moving the deceased from one city to the other, or even another country,

“لَوْ مَاتَ فِي غَيْرِ بَلَدِهِ يُسْتَحَبُّ تَرْكُهُ فَإِنْ نُقِلَ إلَى مِصْرٍ آخَرَ لَا بَأْسَ بِهِ”

“If the deceased passed away in another city [to where they were from], then to leave [i.e. bury] them there is Mustahabb. Though, if the body is shifted to another city, then there is no problem in this.”

[al-Fatāwā al-Hindiyyah, vol 1, ch 21, pg 167]

If the body is indeed injected with alcohol before it is boarded onto the plane, then the body is not to be moved to another country, as this is an extremely painful act, and to cause pain to the deceased is impermissible. However, if it is possible to take the body without causing any pain, then it is not impermissible.

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadiri
Translated by Haider Ali

Read the original Urdu answer here: [Q-ID0713] How is to take the body of a deceased to Pakistan?

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