Osama bin Laden Was Given Islamic Burial at Sea

U.S. military officials say Osama bin Laden was buried at sea in the north Arabian Sea following traditional Islamic burial rites.

At a briefing at the Pentagon, a senior official said the body was washed and then placed in a white sheet in a ceremony aboard the USS Carl Vinson.

A military officer read “read prepared religious remarks which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker.” The body was placed in a weighted bag before it was “eased into the sea.”

Muslim clerics and scholars appeared divided Monday on the issue of burial at sea. Some declared the burial un-Islamic while others said it is permissible under some circumstances.

A U.S. official said Osama bin Laden was buried at sea because no land location was available. He did not elaborate. voa

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