In Verse (5:31) we are taught how to bury a dead person. This Verse at first sight doesn't make clear whether this is mandatory only for dead bodies of believers or a general rule. A Hadith from Sunan abi Dawod seems to cover the point of non-Muslims.
My question what if we found a dead body or body parts or a skeleton and we don't know whether this person is male/female (for example if we find it in a desert) and don't have the possibility to determine neither the identity nor religion of this dead body.
Are there any rules (ahkam) telling us what we (as Muslims) have to do?
- do we have to bury any dead body we find?
This point apparently is already covered by my evidences from my intro!
- do we have to perform ghusl al-mayyit?
- do we have to offer Janazah prayer?
- do we have to wait a certain time to give the identification a chance!
So maybe a summarized question could be like this: Should we consider a dead body, with an unknown identity as a Muslim or as a non-Muslim when burying it?
Please don't provide answers such as "call the authorities" as this -in my opinion- is a matter of course and has in first place nothing to do with the Islam nor it rulings.