This topic has been a topical issue in the minds of the Muslim Ummah, as they are confused as to who is right. Some people are of the belief that because of this confusion the faith of the ummah is weaken as instead of uniting them in doing prayers together, the word of Bid’ah has disunited them.
Israel Olufemi Cole (photo) was born in the mountainous village of Leicester, on March 20 1944 to poor rural parents, who could not afford to provide him with a secondary school education in Freetown, Sierra Leone. His passionate dream was to become a religious minister, but when this seemed impossible because he had little education, he switched his passion to music at the early age of 10. His ground breaking musical genius married with his proficiency in street music, earned him the accolade ‘Dr. Oloh.’
Christian Views on Cremation –Is Death a Negative Event Death has always been accepted as a negative event. It was imposed upon the race of mankind as a result of sin. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the ancient paradise of Eden, they immediately received the ultimate consequence: separation from God. Romans 5:12 says, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men...”
This separation, while initially a spiritual one, affected the body, soul, and spirit. Spiritually, man lost the right to have fellowship and communion with God; he was spiritually dead. But the body also suffered in that it took on the properties of corruption, began to decay, and counted its existence in time -- culminating in death. This was the origin of an issue, ultimately evolving into a problem: “What is to be done with the dead body?”
Over the years, many factors have affected man’s choice of what to do with the body after death. These factors include the wealth of the family, the status of the individual, the climate of the country, health, sanitation, aesthetics, and religious beliefs. Embedded within this myriad of variants is the age-old debate of burial vs. cremation. The aforementioned factors contribute to the choices that each individual and family will make with respect to this question.