Doing homework regarding ‘Islamic’ burials

I’ve seen a number of media outlets including CNN falsely regurgitate that bin Laden was buried according to “Islamic law.”

Deceased in Islam are buried the following way:

1) Given a ritual bath called ghusl.

2) Wrapped in a white shroud.

3) Have a prayer performed over them called Salaat Al-Janazah.

4) Buried under the earth facing Mecca.

It is not the Islamic tradition to perform burial by sea.  In an extremely dire circumstance in which a fear of disease spreading if a corpse is left on a ship for a prolonged period of time, then the necessity of the circumstance would dictate burial by sea.

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