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    From the Guardian, 5-2-11

    Burial at sea is rare in Islam, though several Muslim websites say it is permitted in certain circumstances.

    One is on a long voyage where the body may decay before the ship reaches land. The other is if there is a risk of enemies digging up a land grave and exhuming or mutilating the body – a rule that could plausibly be applied in Bin Laden's case.

    For sea burial, according to, the body should be lowered into the water "in a vessel of clay or with a weight tied to its feet". The website adds: "As far as possible it should not be lowered at a point where it is eaten up immediately by the sea predators."

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