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Muslim Graveyards Are Getting Rejected in Japan

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Sources: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20200915/k10012619211000.html https://www.sanyonews.jp/article/1023286 https://www.nishinippon.co.jp/item/n/385872/ Article translation by DeepL: Amidst a nationwide shortage of cemeteries for Muslims to bury their dead bodies after death, plans to build a cemetery in Hijimachi, Oita Prefecture, are underway, but local residents have submitted a petition to the town and town council to oppose the plan. The cemetery is planned to be built on about 8,000 square meters of land in the mountains of Hijimachi, Oita Prefecture. Muslims bury their dead for religious reasons, but as there are few cemeteries in Japan that accept burial, a Muslim organization in Beppu City, Oita Prefecture, has purchased the land and is preparing to apply to the town for permission to open a cemetery. Residents of two neighborhoods near the proposed cemetery submitted a petition with more than 100 signatures to the town and the town council by March 15, claiming that they were concerned about the wastewater from the cemetery flowing into agricultural water and drinking water. Mr. Kiyotaka Eto, who submitted the petition, said, "We will test the water quality and if there are any problems, we will stop the project, but it's too late to fix it after the problems occur." Khan Muhammad Tahir Abbas, head of the Beppu Muslim Association, who is promoting the plan, said, "We've been explaining that burial is practiced all over the world, but it's a pity that people don't understand. We would like to continue to seek their understanding. The town council plans to vote on the petition at its regular meeting on the 17th of this month, and the town will consider taking action in the future. This matter is not to be taken lightly because it has to do with fundamental beliefs common to all Muslims and it's definitely able to be resolved if the Muslims unite with each other and with the people of the community they live in. https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20200915/k10012619211000.html #Islam #Japan
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