ABCNews in Australia says  for Muslims, cremation is not only prohibited, it's viewed as a desecration of the deceased.

As a Muslim death doula, Mariam Ardati performs sacred rituals for the deceased"There remains a connection between the body and soul even in death, so this is something that is quite metaphysical, and it's a very strongly held belief," explains Mariam Ardati, a death doula in the Muslim community.

"To inflict that type of treatment on the body in death, it's quite horrific to even consider."

But as COVID-19 spreads globally, and the fatalities rise, Muslim and Jewish communities alike are being forced to reconsider ancient death and burial rites.

And, according to Ms Ardati, it's causing panic, "because these are rights that are afforded to people in death, just as someone has rights afforded to them while they're alive".

The case against cremation

Internationally, thousands of coronavirus victims are being cremated.

Last week, the UK government recently passed an emergency bill that faith groups feared would enable state authorities to mandate cremation.

While the legislation was amended to respect religious freedoms, the fear of forced cremations remains a real concern for religious groups.

In Argentina, it was reported that local authorities had cremated the first Jewish victim of coronavirus — despite protest from their communities.

Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins from Emanuel Synagogue in Sydney says there is a great deal of similarity between Islamic and Jewish rituals.

"Cremation is prohibited by both traditions," he says. "For us the body is sacred, and burial is a core aspect of how we do it.

"I'm glad that England has made that exception, and I'm sure that would be the policy here in Australia as well — without endangering health."

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