More Muslim burials without legal obligation for coffins

November 7, 2013


Like other German cities and States, the city of Rüsselsheim in the State of Hesse permits Muslims to bury their dependent community members according to Islamic faith and rituals. The graves are headed towards Mekka and include religious texts. Since March 1st 2013, the cemetery and funeral law of Hesse permits a burial without coffin but shroud. Also, the Islamic ablution is allowed. The law reform was implemented to offer Muslims an alternative opportunity to bury their deceased in Germany without returning them to their countries of origin.


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