No burial place for Muslims in Finland

Muslims living in the region of Uusimaa have made do with small 'Muslim section' in Lutheran church cemeteries.

No burial place for Muslims in Finland

World Bulletin / News Desk

Muslims in Finland are facing a dilemma regarding the burial of their dead after a fruitless six-year search for land that could be used as a cemetery in the Uusimaa region.

Since 2008, Muslims living in the region have been looking for a suitable location for a cemetery, having made do with small 'Muslim section' in Lutheran church cemeteries.

“You would certainly think that we would find an area in Uusimaa that could be rezoned for cemetery use,” deputy chair of the Finnish Islamic Council Pia Jardi told Yle Finnish website on Monday.

According to OnIslam, over the past six years, Finnish Muslims have submitted enquiries in 16 different cities and towns in the Uusimaa region in southern Finland, yet none of these bids have proven successful.

“Perhaps it has to do with a lack of political will. If you even scan web forums they are extremely anti-Muslim,” Jardi said, noting that they have been told that there is a lack of suitable land.

“I know of cases where the dead have been buried abroad even though the families couldn’t afford it, because there wasn’t a suitable burial ground in their own town. People’s last wish is to have an Islamic burial,” she added.

There are between 40,000 to 45,000 Muslims among Finland's 5.2 million population, including native Baltic Tatars.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Ağustos 2014, 16:04
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