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Webinar Proceedings COVID-19 and Islamic Burials: Safeguarding the Dignity of the Dead


Islamic Studies Program


2719-1397 (print) • 2719-1400 (online)


This is a documentation of the webinar titled “COVID-19 and Islamic Burials: Safeguarding the Dignity of the Dead,” which was held last June 17, 2020, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 NN via the teleconferencing platform Zoom. The webinar was organized by the Islamic Studies Program (ISP) of the University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS), in partnership with the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The webinar aims to discuss the challenge of having to adapt protocols and procedures for the management of the dead in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic while, at the same time, ensuring their dignity and respect through established rites and rituals in Islam and Islamic law. The participants in this webinar included high-level policymakers from the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), the BARMM Ministry of Health, BARMM provincial representatives, young Moro professionals, and ulamas working directly on the management of dead.