Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as a Muslim, should be buried in accordance with Islamic traditions and no imam has the right to refuse to bury him, Magomedrasul Omarov, a representative of the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Dagestan for press liaison, told Interfax on Friday.
"A Muslim should be buried according to Islamic law. They can't deny him that," Omarov said.
Islamic law does not require the transportation of people's bodies to their homeland, he said.
"In Islam, there are no obstacles to burying people outside their homelands. Moreover, it is preferable to bury people where they died," the source said.
Omarov added that the Spiritual Directorate of Muslims of Dagestan does not make decisions on whether a specific person's burial should be allowed.
"All decisions relating to rituals are made by the imams of the mosques to which dead people's relatives turn. However, I reiterate: he has no right to deny a person's burial," Omarov said.
U.S. NBC television earlier reported, citing Tamerlan Tsarnaev's aunt Patimat Suleimanova, that the imam of a Boston mosque had refused to conduct Tsarnaev's burial ceremony. The report did not specify the mosque.
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