Christian Family Denied Sons Burial Rights Because They Aren’t Muslim

Algeria: Christian family refused permission to bury their son in public cemetery

ICC Note:

A family in Algeria was denied the right to bury their son in a public cemetery because they were Christians and not Muslims.

2/5/2014 Algeria (World Watch Monitor)-

A Christian family in Algeria has been refused permission to bury their son in the local public cemetery because he was not a Muslim.

“The leaders of the mosque demanded that I would have to follow Islamic burial rites if I was to bury my son in the cemetery,” said the father of 24-year-old Lahlou Naraoui, a University student.

Naraoui’s family, who live in Chemini in the Kabylie region of northern Algeria, said they could not follow the Muslim leaders’ demands and instead chose to bury their son on private land.

“The Muslim community of Chemini informed us that their religion does not allow them to bury a Christian in a cemetery where Muslims are also buried,” said Nordine Mahmoudi, pastor of the Protestant Church of Bejaia, who led Naraoui’s funeral ceremony.

This is not the first time that Muslims in Algeria have opposed a Christian burial at a local cemetery.

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