According to the latest statistics from the UK government, almost 30,000 people in the UK have tested positive for the Coronavirus, with more than 2,300 people dying from the virus as of March 31st.
The Nottingham based charity Muslim Hands has now launched a Muslim Burial Helpline to help provide guidance and Islamic-based jurisprudence around burials in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the latest statistics from the UK government, almost 30,000 people in the UK have tested positive for the Coronavirus, with more than 2,300 people dying from the virus as of March 31st. The current guidelines from the government around burials and funerals for those who have passed away from COVID-19 have been vague at best, and this is where Muslim Hands hopes to provide assistance.
With many British Muslims unaware or uncertain of how to proceed with burial rites and funeral gatherings, the new Muslim Burial Helpline is here to provide Islamic guidance amidst the confusion and fear around the Coronavirus. The advice provided not only follows Islamic jurisprudence, but is also in line with the National Burial Council guidelines as well.
Noor Syed, the COVID-19 Muslim Burial Support Lead, stated:
We are living in unprecedented times and with uncertainty lingering as the pandemic rages on, and supporting all areas of our communities is a must. The COVID-19 Burial Helpline has been set up to support any questions and queries regarding Islamic jurisprudence and any changes with regards to burial. We believe it is important to provide guidance and support where possible and we hope this helpline alleviates some of the difficulties people are facing.”
The number for the Muslim Burial Helpline is 0115 970 3332, open seven days a week from 9am to 4pm. Fully operated by the Muslim Hands charity staff members and led by Mufti Muhammad Ismail, this helpline hopes to provide the guidance and assistance needed during these trying times. The line will remain open until the foreseeable future.
In addition to the Muslim Burial Helpline, the charity Muslim Hands have been providing delivered meals to the homeless, sick, and the elderly in the Hounslow area of West London through their Open Kitchen, and have also taken the lead in partnering with the people of Nottingham to help all those affected by the pandemic.
To find out more about Muslim Hands, click here.