CIP Executive Director Endorses Denial of Islamic Funeral for Terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev
by Stephen Schwartz
Imam Talal Eid of the Islamic Institute of Boston, a former member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, has refused to provide Muslim burial services for Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the 26-year old individual from a Caucasian Muslim family who was killed in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings.
Imam Eid has declared, "I would not be willing to do a funeral for him. This is a person who deliberately killed people. There is no room for him as a Muslim. He already left the fold of Islam by doing that. In the Qur'an it says those who… kill innocent people… will dwell in the hellfire."
I endorse the rejection of an Islamic funeral for Tsarnaev, as I similarly argued in the case of the late Osama Bin Laden in 2011.
Given his adherence to Wahhabi ideology, as shown by his YouTube list, Tsarnaev could be buried in the Wahhabi manner. He would then be dumped in a hole in the ground, preferably in an anonymous place known only to his family, away from a cemetery. Wahhabi fanatics in the Saudi royal family have been so interred.
But since Tsarnaev died as an apostate from Islam, I believe it is inappropriate for Muslims to recite Surah Al-Fatiha or read Surah Ya Sin for him, to wash his body, or carry out any other Islamic burial practices in his favor.
I believe the same rules should be applied to the non-Muslim, pagan Nusayri ("Alawite") bandits supporting the bloodthirsty dictatorship of Bashar Al-Assad in Syria. They have never been Muslims, regardless of propaganda in their favor emanating from Iran, and deserve no Islamic honors when they die.
Finally, I believe the Hezbollah militia and Iranian military fighting alongside the Al-Assad criminals have gone out of Islam and should receive no recognition as "martyrs." While debate over U.S. policy on Syria is legitimate, demagogic and dishonest disinformation agents serving the cause of Al-Assad in the U.S. should be investigated and prosecuted as unregistered representatives of terror-sponsoring regimes.
Muslims should pronounce only one phrase regarding all such miscreants: "astaghfirullah." May merciful and compassionate Allah, subhanawata'ala, save us from sin.
And Allah knows best.