Burial services can be a new product of Tourism: Jabir

Abdulla Jabir, who confirmed his seat for K. Kaashidhoo constituency at the 19th People's Majlis. | Photo: Sun

Male’, Maldives – MP of Kaashidhoo constituency, Abdullah Jabir has stated that burying deceased people can be made a new product of the tourism industry of Maldives.

The statement from Jabir comes after President of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa addressed a letter to President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, requesting him to assist in burying the deceased Muslims under proper burial proceedings as Sri Lanka has difficulties in arranging the proceedings for Muslims who were passing away from the Covid-19 virus.

While President Solih discussed with concerning authorities to find out a way to solve the difficulties and to bury the bodies in Maldives, several people including former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom have expressed dissatisfaction towards President Solih’s decision.

MP Jabir also opposed President Solih’s decision and said that it is not acceptable for the government to provide ways for bringing bodies of people who passed away from contagious wide spread diseases and for burying them in the country.

However, to introduce a new tourism product in the name of “Funeral Services” is an opportunity to bring more profit into the country.

MP Jabir stated.

While Muslims account for approximately 10 percent of Sri Lanka’s 21 million population, the Sri Lankan government had decided to cremate all the Muslim Covid-19 victims who passes away from the virus. 

Although the Islamic religion does not support cremation, the Sri Lankan authorities has already cremated at least 15 Muslim coronavirus victims, including a 20-day old infant against family consent. 

This has raised an outrage in the country and the Muslims in Sri Lanka have started raising their voices against this action, as they are being deprived of their human rights. 

While several people have expressed disapproval towards the burial of Muslim victims in Maldives, several Islamic scholars and former  President of Maldives and current Speaker of the parliament, Mohamed Nasheed have supported the decision of President Solih and said that the Muslims must not be cremated and Maldives must help in it.

However, these individuals have also noted that the Muslim citizens of Sri Lanka who passes away from the Covid-19 virus must be given the chance to be buried under proper Islamic burial proceedings in their own country and that it is their right as a human along with Islamic right as well.