No Washing Corpses for Muslims in This Era of Covid-19
Covid-19 is set to disrupt the social life of many people in the country and worldwide the Muslim faithful’s are not an exemption. They have received a warning against their culture of washing their corpses before burial to curb the spread of Covid-19. The religion that is mostly practiced in the coastal religion of Kenya practices the norm of washing the dead bodies.
The response team of Covid-19 based in Mombasa has issued a directive to substitute the practice. The directive they name as Ghusl will allow the Muslim faithful’s to bury their beloved ones without washing the bodies or performing the tayammum ritual that involves purified sand and dust used on the dead one.
Volunteers of handling these bodies are being trained at Jamia Mosque in Nairobi starting from 4th of April 2020. The guidelines are to be followed by the faithful’s on handling the dead bodies. The chair of the committee speaking on this noted that the bodies would be put in bags and taken for prayers.
''The bodies will be put in body bags and taken for prayers before burials. We have been in consultation with the ministry of health and reached an agreement that due to seriousness of the disease and how contagious it is, we cannot wash our dead shroud or perform tayammum as this poses a health risk'," he said.
Ramadhan added that Islam provides an avenue where if some rights and obligations cannot be performed due to the danger they pose they are put on hold and alternatives used. This comes after the government urged citizens to be extra careful to avoid contracting the virus. Dead people ought to be buried within 48 hours and the ceremony that won't attract many people.