The Corner

Bin Laden to Be Buried at Sea ASAP?

Per Islamic tradition? No joke:

U.S. officials tell me the last thing they want is for his burial place to become a terrorist shrine.

To avoid that, an informed source tells me, the intention is the bury his body at sea — leaving no definitive location for the final resting place of his body.

A senior administration official tells my colleague Jake Tapper this about the body:  “We are ensuring it is handled in accordance with Islamic practice and tradition. It’s something we take seriously and therefore it’s being handled in an appropriate manner.‬”

Under Islamic tradition, ABC’s Zunaira Zaki reports, the body would be washed by Muslim men and buried as soon as possible, usually by the next prayer (Muslims pray five times a day), although there may be delays under certain circumstances (for autopsies, for example). The body is usually buried in a simple white sheet — whether buried in the ground, or at sea.

UPDATE: CNN is now reporting that Bin Laden has already been buried at sea. For what it’s worth, I’ve seen separate reports Facial recognition software was used to do a preliminary I.D. and officials say DNA samples have been collected for more thorough testing.

Daniel Foster — Daniel Foster is a former news editor of National Review Online.

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