No Grave Disposition III


Saudi graveyard, Jeddah
Source: The Graveyard

Wrote about different approaches to remembrance, or indifference, here and here. An orthodox approach in Islam is depicted above. People buried as they pass, without specific family graves. Little by way of memorial as to who is there. Mohammed has a known grave, while Jesus does not, since the belief is that is that he did not remain earthly. In many Christian burial traditions, a permanent grave memorial, for family members, is not uncommon. In Islam, the key grave seems to be that of Mohammed, with marginal memorial of others. Could reflect different views as to the purpose of life, or different views as to the significance of death.

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1 Response to No Grave Disposition III

  1. On December 3, 2014, Lorne commented as follows (email correspondence reproduced with permission):

    Christians know that God values each individual. That may be why there are marked graves, and have been since the first century. There may also be cultural backgrounds at play. What did the Arabs do before Mohammed? I don’t know.

    If you go to Jerusalem, they can point you to what is historically believed to be Jesus’ grave. Of course it is empty, and has been since that first Easter.

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