can Muslim transfer bodies others if that place is take by govenment?
The site ‘Islamweb.net’ cites the case of a person from Singapore whose grandmother is buried in a cemetery that is due to be transferred.
The authorities in charge of Muslim cemeteries in that country have decided to transfer the graves of Muslims who have been dead for at least fifteen years. The grandmother in question has been dead for only thirteen years, and the grandson is asking (the website) for information that could support his request that she, too, is reburied.
According to ‘Islamweb’ the exhumation and transportation of a Muslim grave is permissible where there is a ‘valid Sharia based reason’; and that there is no evidence (as far as they are aware) that limits the time period permitting the exhuming of graves.
The essential requirement is that the deceased's body has decomposed.
They quote a certain Shaykh Zakariyya Al-Ansaari thus:
‘Exhuming the grave is forbidden before decomposition according to the experts who are acquainted with that land, lest the sanctity of the deceased be violated. If the deceased did decompose, meaning his body and bones lost form and turned to dust, then exhuming his grave is allowed, as is burying another person in his place.’
The site Al-islam.org appears to support the view that exhumation and transferral is permissible. They cite the following ‘rule’ (without stating its source):
Rule 650: Digging up the grave is allowed in the following cases:
When the dead body has been buried in an usurped land and the owner of the land is not willing to let it remain there.
When the Kafan of the dead body or any other thing buried with it had been usurped and the owner of the thing in question is not willing to let it remain in the grave.
Similarly, if anything belonging to the heirs has been buried along with the deceased and the heirs are not willing to let it remain in the grave. However, if the dead person had made a will that a certain supplication or the holy Qur'an or a ring be buried along with his dead body, and if that will is valid, then the grave cannot be opened up to bring those articles out.
When opening the grave does not amount to disrespect of the dead person, and it transpires that he was buried without Ghusl or Kafan, or the Ghusl was void, or he was not given Kafan according to religious rules, or was not laid in the grave facing the Qibla.
When it is necessary to inspect the body of the dead person to establish a right which is more important than exhumation.
When the dead body of a Muslim has been buried at a place which is against sanctity, like, when it has been buried in the graveyard of non-Muslim or at a place of garbage.
When the grave is opened up for a legal purpose which is more important than exhumation.
When it is feared that a wild beast would tear up the corpse or it will be carried away by flood or exhumed by the enemy.
When the deceased has willed that his body be transferred to sacred places before burial, and if it was intentionally or forgetfully buried elsewhere, then the body can be exhumed, provided that doing so does not result in any disrespect to the deceased.
I have no opinion on this matter, and cannot vouch for the accuracy of the claims made by these two sites.
I could find no site stating that to move a grave is haram, even when the body is fully decomposed…..but perhaps I did not search hard enough!
I hope this helps.
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Why not? I don't see anything wrong with it.