The decision to bury him within 24 hours was made with Muslim practices in mind, according to US officials. Before the burial, his body was washed and wrapped in a white sheet, in accordance with Muslim tradition. Moreover, a religious ceremony was held aboard a US aircraft carrier before his body was dumped into the sea.
This unusual manner of burial has already caused considerable controversy, including within the Muslim community.
Omar Bakri Mohammed, a radical cleric in Lebanon, said “the Americans want to humiliate Muslims through this burial, and I don’t think this is in the interest of the U.S. administration,” reported the Associated Press.
“They can say they buried him at sea, but they cannot say they did it according to Islam. If the family does not want him, it’s really simple in Islam: You dig up a grave anywhere, even on a remote island, you say the prayers… Sea burials are permissible for Muslims in extraordinary circumstances. This is not one of them,” said Mohammed al-Qubaisi, Dubai’s grand mufti.