Coffin of Abdoulaye Badji

Coffin of the late Abdoulaye Badji

A British woman has cremated the lifeless body of her Senegalese husband, which according to our sources, is against the wishes of the husband’s family.

Abdoulaye Badji died in Oxford in the United Kingdom on November 16th, 2014. His death followed a fundraising drive to pay for his remains to be airlifted to Senegal for burial. Senegalese mission in London also threw its weight in this campaign by willing to pay half of the cost. Mr. Badji’s extended family members soon started working on raising the remaining funds.

Kairo News has gathered that Mr. Badji’s British wife acted unilaterally by collecting the body from the hospital mortuary for cremation, much to the consternation of the deceased’s family and the Senegalese embassy.

Abdoulaye Badji was the son of a woman who whose ultimate wish was to pay her last respect to her lone child. “It was her wish to have her son ferried home and have a proper Muslim burial,” a family source told Kairo News.

It was also reported that the late Abdoulaye’s wife used her next of kin powers to cremate the body. In fact, the couple was separated before Badji passed away, one source alleged. Frantic efforts were made by both the family and Senegalese embassy to contact the woman before the cremation to no avail.

The late Badji’s family, especially his mother, is believed to be in great shock.

Senegalese officials are said to be exploring diplomatic routes so as to understand the reasoning of the woman.

The reasons for the cremation are still unclear but it has created room for those married to Western woman to declare in their will, spelling out how their remains should be handled after death. Cremation, a common ritual in the West and elsewhere, is unacceptable in both the African and Islamic cultures.

Another area of concern is that most of our brothers married to Western women refuse to have close ties with their relatives, which makes it impossible for their whereabouts to be known in case of death. As a matter of fact, you hear some of our brothers and sisters openly boasting “I don’t need anybody.” These brand of people often accuse “Gambians of talking too much or poking their nose into issues that do not concern them.”

However, the fundamental issue that must be borne in mind is whether anyone is an island of his or her own.

While we pray for the soul of Abdoulaye Badji to enjoy eternal bliss, we encourage people to donate generously to the family organize pray sessions for the departed soul.

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