Shock waves over Sri Lanka’s forced cremation of Muslims died of Covid19
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Shock waves over Sri Lanka’s forced cremation of Muslims died of Covid19

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The forced cremation of two COVID-19 infected Muslims in Sri Lanka has sent shock waves among the minority community, which accused the authorities of violating Islamic burial rites.

Bishrul Hafi Mohammed Joonus, a 73-year-old man from the capital Colombo who died of COVID-19, was the second Muslim to have been cremated in the Indian Ocean island nation, which has registered 151 cases so far.

Mohammed Joonus’ son said Sri Lankan officials were not allowed to perform congregational funeral prayers, called the Janazah, for his father due to fear of infections.

But Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health said that the standard procedure of disposing bodies should be cremation and It reversed an earlier guideline that allowed traditional Muslim burial.

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