Respect for the dead : from the perspective of international humanitarian law (IHL) and Islam
Mohammad Azharul Islam, Maulana Obaid Ullah Hamzah
Dhaka : ICRC, March 2015
76 p. ; 23 cm
This paper examines the provisions related to respect for the dead under contemporary international humanitarian law (IHL) and Islam. Issues such as the search for missing persons, appropriate treatment and disposal of the dead and human dignity are examined. The first part focuses on the Four Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols as well as principles of customary IHL. The second part focuses on the Qur'an, Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), practices of the companions (especially the rightly guided Caliphs) and juristic writing. The final part draws a parallel between these two frameworks.