Assalāmu ʿalaykum wa raḥmatullāhi wa barakātuh
The draft emergency ‘Coronavirus Bill 2019-21’ has generated some concern at the prospect of cremation against the wishes of the deceased. The main purpose of the legislation is to provide for an eventuality where there is insufficient space for burial in cemeteries, or local communities are unable to manage the situation.
Alḥamdulillāh, insufficient cemetery space seems unlikely to prove an issue in Leicester. Furthermore, MBCOL are working with NBC (The National Burial Council) to develop contingency strategies in case a sharp increase in casualties in the Muslim community is experienced.
The Messenger ﷺ has taught us to “tie the camel and trust in Allah” [Tirmidhī]. We hope and trust that with sufficient precaution and compliance with the health guidance around hygiene and social-distancing, combined with _tawakkul_ [trust], repentance, prayer, worship, supplication, reformation and faith, Allah will protect the Muslim community of Leicester from facing such a trial.
We pray for the Almighty’s guidance, assistance and protection.