03 May '11, 12am

Islamic scholars criticise Osama's sea burial as 'humiliating' to Muslims, warn of revenge attacks

Islamic scholars criticise Osama's sea burial as 'humiliating' to Muslims, warn of revenge attacks

US forces administered Muslim religious rites for Osama bin Laden aboard an aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea, an American official said. -- PHOTO: AFP CAIRO - MUSLIM clerics said on Monday that Osama bin Laden's burial at sea was a violation of Islamic tradition that may further provoke militant calls for revenge attacks against American targets. Although there appears to be some room for debate over the burial - as with many issues within the faith - a wide range of Islamic scholars interpreted it as a humiliating disregard for the standard Muslim practice of placing the body in a grave with the head pointed toward the holy city of Mecca. Sea burials can be allowed, they said, but only in special cases where the death occurred aboard a ship. 'The Americans want to humiliate Muslims through this burial, and I don't think this is in the interest of the US administration,...

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