Reflections on the Muslim process of burial from two of the female washers at the IAR mosque in Raleigh, NC. Unlike many other traditions, Muslims are given a very simple burial ceremony. After being washed and applied with perfume, the body is wrapped in biodegradable sheets and placed directly into the earth.
This tradition can be related to the Qur'anic verse, "From the earth We created you, into it We shall return you, and from it We shall raise you a second time." [Qur'an 20:55]