There's been much controversy surrounding the burial of suspected Boston bomber, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. He was recently buried in a cemetery in rural Virginia, drawing sharp dissent from the locals. His burial has not only angered the community as whole but has also drawn a great deal of criticism from the area's Muslim community as well as local officials.
Tsarnaev's body had been kept at a funeral parlor in Massachusetts until it was recently buried. But most burial venues were reluctant to take on the controversial task of burying Tsarnaev, explaining the resulting delay. Typical Muslim custom dictates that bodies be buried soon after death.
Tsarnaev didn't benefit much from this tradition, as his body was buried weeks after he was killed on April 19th, in a gunfight with police in the Boston area. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, his younger brother, was captured later that day and still remains in police custody.
The two brothers were of Chechen descent and had lived in the US for nearly a decade. They'venow been accused of detonating two pressure cooker bombs on April 15th near the marathon finish line, killingthree people and injuring more than 260.
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Many Muslim communities that were approached about hosting the gravesite refused because of fear of reprisal from the public. The backlash against Muslims since the burial has been in line with concerns that many had-it certainly has proven true in many instances, with Muslims bearing the brunt of much Islamophobia following the Boston Bombings.
Although permission is generally not needed for a burial, as long as laws are followed, officials in Virginia are unhappy, largely due to the negative association, reports Al Jazeera News.
According to Al Jazeera, Imam Ammar Amonette, of the Islamic Centre of Virginia, expressed criticism, claiming that he was not consulted about the burial of Tsarnaev. Speaking on behalf of Muslim community, hesaid that the community isfurious about the secretive nature of how the burial took place.
Bukhari Abdel-Alim, vice president of The Islamic Funeral Services in Virginia disagrees though, writes Al Jazeera. He voiced that though Tsarnaev's actions were horrific, that his body must be buried regardless.
Tsarnaev's mother attempted to his her son's body buried in her native Dagestan, but Russia refused to allow the body in the country.