In the name of Allāh, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Transporting the body abroad


  1. The predominant ruling of the Muslims jurists is that transporting a body form one place to another is makrūh, and from one country to another makrūh tahrimi (Darul Ifta, Darul-Uloom Deoband). 

  1. If transporting the dead body from one country to another involves embalming, the process of embalming is forbidden in Islām. The embalming process is invasive and the embalming fluid is traditionally made up of impure substances such as alcohol. 

  1. Instead of embalming special flexible zinc lining can be used for transporting the body which can be removed before the body is buried. This option is only available if the body is being transported to Pakistan other countries require an appropriate embalming certificate.

  1. Before a dead body can be transported abroad it is necessary to obtain a Removal Notice (form 104) and a sanitisation certificate. 

  1. Pakistan International Airlines did not use to charge for the freight of transporting dead body with a Pakistaini ID.