Muslims attend Janaza seminar-workshop Print
Friday, 23 February 2018 16:35

By REMUS ONG

Around 60 Muslim participants attended the Janaza, a seminar workshop on the etiquette,  rites and traditions associated with Muslim burial.

Mohammad Salman Sajili, Ulama Council of Zamboanga Peninsula member, said that the focus of the seminar is on medical health issues, how people involved in the burial can avoid being contaminated with diseases still present in the body of the deceased.

The seminar is also focused on family members who usually prepare their kin for burial.

“We are eliminating an unnecessary part of the tradition and focusing on  the proper etiquette of Islam,” said Sajili.

Dr. Aftal Kunting, a lecturer from the Zamboanga City Medical Center Public Health Unit, said that if people cannot be trained on how to prepare a dead person for burial, there is a big possiblity that the former may be contaminated with contagious diseases.

He cited an example where members of the family have been infected with Hepatitis B due to lack of health training on the matter.

As opposed to members of other religious groups, the bodies of deceased Muslims are being prepared at their houses for burial.

This body of the deceased can be handled by family members who say their last farewell and prepare the kin for burial.

Kunting said that this seminar makes more people aware on the health issues involved in the ceremony.

Participants to the seminar will be considered as respondents who can be called on whenever a death is reported in the community.  Participants during the seminar come from  the town proper, east and west coasts.

This is the first Janaza Seminar organized by the Ulama Council of Zamboanga Peninsula.

Sajili said that the Ulama Council first started the training during the 2013 Zamboanga siege to respond to the high mortality rate happening in transitory sites occupied by Internally Displaced Persons, majority of who are Muslims.

The Ulama Council plans to continue undertaking these seminars to train more Muslims. (Remus Ong)