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What is the Islamic ruling if a Muslim cemetery that has not been used for 50 years is taken for a construction project and the graves are excavated, and the remains reburied in another Muslim cemetery?
1. It is recommended on the condition that it is done for the welfare of the deceased and the living. The religious basis can be found in 2 Hadith that permit the exhumation of Muslim graves.
2. Thus, the religious basis that permits the exhumation of Muslim graves after the bodies are buried, is clear from these 2 hadith.
3. The Fatwa committee allows the exhumation of Muslim graves and the reinternment of the deceased on the condition that it is done for the welfare of the deceased and the living.
Fatwa Decision 28 April 1973
SYED ISA BIN MOHAMMED BIN SMITH
CHAIRMAN, FATWA (LEGAL) COMMITTEE
MUFTI OF THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE
ISLAMIC RELIGIOUS COUNCIL OF SINGAPORE (MUIS)