STUTTGART - The cremation of the body of a Turkish Muslim woman by German authorities in Stuttgart's Waiblingen has sparked uproar in the country, amid calls for investigation into the issue.
I stressed that cremation in our religion is unacceptable, Stuttgart Consul General TÃ¼rker ArÄ± told the Cihan news agency on Friday, June 21.
We have not received any response from state authorities."
The issue came to light adfter a 47-year-old Turkish woman was found dead in her house last month in Stuttgart's Waiblingen.
Taking her body to the morgue, authorities deemed she had no religion without informing the Turkish consulate, the German daily Esslinger Zeitung reported earlier this week.
Authorities reached out to the woman's adopted daughter but she never showed up to claim the body.
Later on, the authorities asked officials at the morgue to extend the stay of the body for a week but then cremated the body in the town of Schwaebisch Hall.
Waiblingen Mayor Martin Staab said the local authorities registered woman as agnostic," acknowledging that the authorities made a mistake and that they should have informed the Turkish consulate.
The process is against the German law which stipulates that if a foreign citizen without relatives dies on German soil, authorities have to inform his or her consulate to receive the body.
Protesting the incident, Stuttgart Consul General sent a letter to Baden-WÃ¼rttemberg Interior Minister Reinhold Gall.
The Turkish consulate has also informed the state's integration minister, Bilkay Ãney.
We are closely following the issue, ArÄ± said.
Germany is believed to be home to nearly 4 million Muslims, including 220,000 in Berlin alone.
Turks make up an estimated two thirds of the Muslim minority.
In Islam, cremation is prohibited as it is disrespectful to the dead body and Islam calls for respecting human beings whether alive or dead.
A Muslim's dead body should be immediately taken to a mortuary for washing and preparation.
Two or three adult Muslims should wash the body and then put on the shroud (kafan). Before the burial, the funeral prayer should be done.
The burial should be done as soon as possible. It is makruh (reprehensible) to delay the burial of the dead.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net