Asmal burial dispute settled

2011-06-24 09:32

Johannesburg - A dispute in Kader Asmal's family as to whether he should be buried or cremated has been resolved, the Star reported on Friday.

Asmal was born into a conservative Muslim family, whose customs dictate that a person be buried shortly after death.

Asmal's wife, however, said he favoured cremation.

His nephew, Farouk Asmal, and sister Fawzia Peer, on Thursday requested that he be buried according to Muslim rites, and the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) was called on to mediate.

"We are totally against the fact that he is going to be cremated but, according to his wife, this is what he wanted," said Peer.

She said that Asmal, his wife and two sons were agnostic.

MJC spokesperson Nabeweya Malik said: "The burial is the prerogative of the family, and they have made a decision to cremate... if that is his decision, the MJC respects it..."

An official state funeral, in the form of a memorial service, was likely to take place in Cape Town on Thursday, said family spokesperson Allan Taylor.

Asmal died at the age of 76 in hospital in Cape Town on Wednesday after having a heart attack on Tuesday.

He was the minister of water affairs and forestry from 1994, a member of the ANC's national executive committee, and education minister from 1999.

  • saabnut - 2011-06-24 09:38

    I agree with the MJC- if that was his wish, then cremate him. RIP.

      jowza - 2011-06-24 10:42

      definately saabnut

  • King Solomon - 2011-06-24 09:57

    The best and only decent minister we have ever had.

      saabnut - 2011-06-24 10:00

      They have indeed been few and far between, sadly...

      McDaNife - 2011-06-24 10:00

      yes hope the others could follow suit.

  • Umfubi - 2011-06-24 10:02

    Something on the news last night gave the impression that the family also didn't want a 'state funeral', but that the govt had 'entered into negotiations' with them.... if this is so, they should really butt out - it's none of their business. They can (and have) honoured him in Parliament already. This is a sad loss for his family and also for this country. He was a good and wise man.

  • Uthando - 2011-06-24 10:08

    RIP Kader. It's sad to watch all the educated comrades who cared about the country first before themselves perish. :-(

  • Frox - 2011-06-24 10:14

    Why is this news....sensationalism, utter crap.

      jowza - 2011-06-24 10:39

      i think you used to reading crap,so when a newsworthy article comes along,you dont know the difference

  • simcard1506 - 2011-06-24 10:16

    long life the legacy of Kader Asmal

  • Zash - 2011-06-24 10:24

    He should be buried irrespective of his incorrect desire - which is a major sin according to Islam.Himself and all those involved in the decision to have him cremated will be held accountable.If you are a muslim you should be buried, If you are agnostic then you are confused on what you are.

      ???? - 2011-06-24 10:37

      Its important that each individual has a choice instead of letting a book tell u what u must do.He wants to be cremated,lets honour that wish.

      jowza - 2011-06-24 10:40

      zash.dont impose your ideoligies onto others

      Trumpi - 2011-06-24 10:44

      I don't believe in Islam. Your argument is invalid to me. - 2011-06-24 10:49

      Be held accountable to whom? Asmal and his family are agnostic.

      static - 2011-06-24 11:29

      actually there are churches in muslim countries, you are just ignorant to their existence because you are an ignorant person

      Zash - 2011-06-24 11:32

      @ Thor, what does this have to do with religous freedom in SA. leave ur hatred for muslims aside,go punch a bag, u should join malema with your politics.

      Redwine - 2011-06-24 11:38

      All muslim countries apart from Saudi have churches. That aside a dead body is simply a lump of rotting matter the person is no longer there. I will cremate but sure dispose of it anyway you like maybe like feeding lions.

      Thor - 2011-06-24 14:08

      Zash go read your comment above and then see who does not allow other people the right to choose. also i do not hate muslims go read my comment. I also did not make htefull statement like if you are agnostic yu are confused. you seem confused. the fact is SA allows a lot more relios freedom compared to muslim countries. dont come here and try to force your view on other like you commented above. You will come off second best.

      Zee - 2011-06-24 14:15

      @Cornix.. I see your wholesale media swallowing of freedoms and persecutions in foreign lands shines through. Enlighten yourself by doing research. I did and can safely tell you that you are way, way, way off track.

      Licikityspit - 2011-06-24 14:45

      the man wasnt practising muslim, so why stress about it

      50something - 2011-06-24 15:40

      He was agnostic - so what does it matter?

      Cornix - 2011-06-24 20:56

      @Zee - Oh, why do you Muslims turn a blind eye towards reality? Have a look at the following sites:

  • Sir-Vic - 2011-06-24 10:26

    We will rembember him for the contribution he made in this country. RIP Kader.

      onetickie - 2011-06-26 14:00

      He made contributions to the country but the truth is that he was responsible for changing the education system in SA, hence the dismal failures/pass rates. He broke something that worked. SA now has very many more illiterate school children because of the system he introduced into SA, and which was recognized as a huge failure which is now in process of being reversed. He did a massive injustice to the children & education. On the brighter side, he's comment when made minister of water affairs was that the only thing he knew about water is what he put in his whiskey! At least then he was honest.

  • Bilal Benghomrani - 2011-06-24 10:31

    Soubhan'Allah... hope she will provide proofs that this is what the husband wanted...

      jowza - 2011-06-24 10:41

      bilal.he was agnostic.get over it

      Thor - 2011-06-24 11:17

      SA is not a muslim country be thankful you are allowed religious freedom and shut up. Remember in Muslim countries there is not freedom of religion. I say a church in a muslim country before any further freedom for the muslim religion in SA.

      whoever you want me to be - 2011-06-24 14:37

      @jowza if you dont know anything keep your coments to yourself. AGNOSTIC

  • Wayne - 2011-06-24 10:34

    Typical. These kinds of people would argue over the weather. Weird lot.

      jowza - 2011-06-24 10:41

      which kind is that wayne

      tryanything - 2011-06-24 16:41

      And she is white

  • stofsuier - 2011-06-24 10:34

    Asmal is veras

      jowza - 2011-06-24 10:41

      jou kop is vol stof

  • Colin - 2011-06-24 10:37

    Very sad news to hear of his passing. Our country has lost a good man. Condolences to his family.

  • swoan - 2011-06-24 10:56

    if there is a man in the southern african region who's death means something, it will be that of Mugabe, as the young dies one wonders when is his day coming!

  • S Bouttell - 2011-06-24 11:14

    How utterly awful. Just abide by his wishes. His wife and children know best.

  • Danie - 2011-06-24 11:18

    Decent Minister?? Was he not the arhitech of SA failed outcome base education disaster???

      jowza - 2011-06-24 11:22 up the facts first before you open your mouth

      Zee - 2011-06-24 14:09

      Yes please get your facts in place before commenting. Mary Metcalf is the one you must finger for your failed education system.

  • kwbateman - 2011-06-24 11:24

    Yes - if only all the cadres of today can take a leaf from the book of life of this Kader!

  • unproud - 2011-06-24 12:11

    This is the type of bs...t that happens whenever religion is brought into anything. Leave me out of it!

  • f0xY.786 - 2011-06-24 13:21

    a dead man cannot one wud eva know if that was really HIS WISH!!! A real Muslims knows better than to be burnt.... its like asking a Hindu not to light a lamp on Diwali, or to a christian - to skip celebrating the day Jesus was born... we all have our beliefs lets not make that into a ridiculous debate... Respect the Values of a religion to get respect in return & ofcoz if being cremated was his wish than he definitely was not a muslim.

      whoever you want me to be - 2011-06-24 14:41

      shukran you said it perfectly

      TamaraSays - 2011-06-25 04:15

      He probably had a will too. Those usually set out the person's wishes. If it's settled, it's settled, leave it at that.

      Mohamed - 2011-06-25 22:22

      excelent comment, he did a good job in the water affairs. he would be better off being fed to the sharks in the Cape seas.

  • Zanu - 2011-06-24 13:26

    RIP my friend. A great loss to South Africa

  • Lolarbunny - 2011-06-24 14:17

    I got 8 distinctions in Matric because of Kader's education system. It is indeed a great loss for the whole SA.

  • Daryl Archary - 2011-06-24 15:01

    damn people the guy passed on was his decision to be cremated so leave it at that ..stop with all this religious hate ..who are we to judge or speak on whats right and wrong

  • DeLaReyLetul - 2011-06-25 18:02

    Rest in peace Mr. Asmal

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