Re: Should a Muslim honor wish of cremation of a non-Muslim relative?

Answered by Shaykh Gibril F Haddad

I was a little confused about your response on this issue and by the idea that it would be sinful and disrespectful to cremate someone even when they ask for it. Aren’t there situations where it might even be a good thing? While reading your response I kept thinking of the hadith qudsi below:

Answer:
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Wa `alaykum as-Salam:

This hadith qudsi clearly states that Allah forgave the man. So the man had sinned.




Furthermore, the Prophet, upon him blessings and peace, assured us that for someone to be asked by Allah Most High why he did a certain thing, will be a tremendous punishment. Hence the greatness of the promise, dearly to be desired, that many of the elect of the Umma — in one narration, 70,000,000 squared — shall enter Paradise without questioning.

Lastly, it is enough proof that the Umma from the time of the Prophet and the Rightly-Guided Caliphs to our time, upon him and them blessings and peace, have prohibited something for us to follow it without an iota of reservation as per the momentous verse that states, {But nay, by your Lord! they will not believe (in truth) until they make you judge of what is in dispute between them and find within themselves no dislike of that which you decide, and submit with full submission} (4:65).

Was-Salam,

Hajj Gibril