Jul 30 2015
Muslims say the decision means “they have no right to be buried in America.” But look on the bright side, they have every right to leave America if they don’t like it.
Herald Online After a contentious public hearing where several residents opposed a Muslim cemetery in a Rock Hill neighborhood – including one woman who admitted she was not being “politically correct” or “nice” but said she was scared of what would go on inside a proposed Muslim cemetery fence – the cemetery was shot down Tuesday night by the city’s zoning board of appeals.
The decision drew short applause from a packed City Council chambers filled with people against the cemetery. Several neighbors talked about concerns over lowered property values, traffic and people just plain not wanting to live near a Muslim cemetery.
Muslim leaders were dismayed by not just the vote but what they said seemed like prejudice against Muslims. (Not seems like, is)
“What I heard here was that we are Americans and have rights, but we as Muslims do not have the right to bury our dead,” said Nazir Cheema, a decades-long Rock Hill resident and leader of the effort to build the cemetery. “If this cemetery did not have the word Muslim, it would have been different. Are we not Americans? Do we not love America? (NO, you don’t!)
But that’s not all
AINA Islam isn’t just at the heart of the terror threat posed by the Islamic State. Islamic burial rituals are a key reason why health officials can’t contain the spread of the deadly disease Ebola in West Africa. Ebola victims can be more contagious dead than alive. Their bodies are covered in rashes, blood and other fluids containing the virus.
And under the Islamic faith, corpses are not allowed to be buried in caskets, just wrapped in white sheets, which poses a problem of bacterial infection getting into the water supply.
When Muslims die, family members don’t turn to a funeral home or crematorium to take care of the body. In Islam, death is handled much differently. Relatives personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. Often, several family members participate in this posthumous bathing ritual, known as Ghusl.
Before scrubbing the skin with soap and water, family members press down on the abdomen to excrete fluids still in the body. A mixture of camphor and water is used for a final washing. Then, family members dry off the body and shroud it in white linens.