STUTTGART - A Muslim woman has been cremated in south-western Germany after her death, in a move that sparked uproar and calls for investigation.
"I stressed that cremation in our religion is unacceptable," Stuttgart Consul General TÃ¼rker ArÄ± told the Cihan news agency."We have not received any response from state authorities."
A 47-year-old Muslim woman was cremated in the south-western town of Waiblingen.
Found dead in her house last month, the Muslim woman's body was taken to the morgue where authorities deemed her as having no religion.
Authorities also failed to inform the Turkish consulate about the woman's death, according to the German daily Esslinger Zeitung.
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 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.
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.
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.
Germans have grown hostile to the Muslim presence recently, with a heated debate on the Muslim immigration into the country.
A recent poll by the Munster University found that Germans view Muslims more negatively than their European neighbors.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net