Former Russian spy to be buried according to Muslim tradition

Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian intelligence agent poisoned in London – his funeral prayers took place late this morning at London’s Central Mosque.

The Mosque had first denied that this would take place but later confirmed that prayers would take place without his body being brought to the mosque.

Litvinenko, who will be buried in a sealed coffin, converted to Islam shortly before his death and was given the Muslim last rites in hospital.

His father said his son converted to Islam shortly before his death on November 23.

‘He told me of his decision two days before he died,’ Walter Litvinenko told Radio Free Europe.

‘He said, ‘Papa, I have to talk to you about something serious. I’ve become a Muslim’.’ He added that his son had made an ‘important personal decision’ that would be respected.

The former agent and critic of the Kremlin expressed the wish as he lay dying in his father’s arms, Valter Litvinenko told the Kommersant daily.

‘He said I want to be buried according to Islamic tradition. I said okay son. It will be as you wish. We already have one Muslim in our family. The important thing is to believe in the Almighty. God is one,’ he said in the interview.

Source: Muslim News

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