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Uzbekistan: Christians Cannot Be Buried In State-Owned Cemeteries


All of us who die in Christ will one day be resurrected to everlasting life regardless of where our bodies are laid to rest. Those who reject Him, however, will be resurrected to something else entirely, regardless of how “pure” they considered themselves to be

Daniel 12:2, “Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.”

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.”

AsiaNews – “With the support of local authorities, some Uzbek imams have denied the families of non-Muslims the right to bury their loved ones in state-owned cemeteries.

Three cases involving Protestants have been reported in recent weeks, raising questions about religious freedom in Uzbekistan, this according to the Forum 18, a news service that documents violations of religious freedom in Central Asia.

The three people involved are all former Muslims who converted to Protestant Christianity. In each case, their families were not allowed to bury them alongside other relatives.

In Central Asian culture, being buried together with family members and with the participation of the local community are important.

Although Forum 18 reported the first case only a few days ago, the latter dates back to 9 April. It concerns Gayrat Buriyev, 68-year-old Christian, originally from a village near the capital Tashkent.

The local imam refused to let his relatives bury him in the state-owned cemetery, repeatedly cursing the deceased’s family. When the latter appealed to local government authorities, they were unsuccessful.

The ban stems from the deceased’s conversion to Christianity. Cemeteries are state-owned, but converts cannot be buried along with Muslims, the imam said.

‘The imam cursed the family for becoming Christians and insulted them with unquotable expressions, branding them unclean and defiled infidels,’ local sources said, adding that he was ‘acting based on Islamic Sharia Law’.

Complaints by relatives were to no avail. Although they insisted that Uzbekistan is (or ought to be) a secular state and cemeteries are state-owned, the local imam, claimed that the one in question was ‘a Muslim cemetery’ and Christians are not allowed.” Read more.

1 Corinthians 15:51-52, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

Flashback: ‘Complete Destruction’: Iranian Security Forces Destroy Christian Cemetery – “Iranian security forces have destroyed a 200-year-old Christian cemetery in southeastern Iran after they earlier used bulldozers to remove an historical church in the area, Iranian Christians said in comments monitored by BosNewsLife Thursday, April 26. The cemetery attack, discovered this month in Kerman province, is no isolated incident. Iranian Christians said that ‘all the crosses have been taken out of the ground’ at another historical British cemetery in the southwestern port city of Bushehr …” Read more.

Flashback: Malaysia: National Fatwa Council Forbids Muslims From Saying ‘Rest In Peace’ To Dead Christians – “Following the death of Karpal Singh and the outpouring of grief, Muslims were reminded by the National Fatwa Council today that they were not encouraged to use the phrase ‘Rest in Peace’ (RIP) to a non-Muslim because the term had Christian connotations… The council said this sentence was a form of prayer regularly used by Christians, especially during the 18th century and regularly engraved on tombstones. ‘From an Islamic point of view, a person who has died in blasphemy will not receive God’s forgiveness and blessings,’ it said.” Read more.

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