Suppose there is a Muslim graveyard whose land now needs to be reused for urban development (e.g. building houses, apartments, malls, etc.). My questions are:

  • Is this legal in Islam?
  • Can buildings be built over the graves, or must the human remains be exhumed first?
  • If exhumed, what is the proper way to deal with the remains?
  • Was the Muslim graveyard a waqf property? If so it can not be bought or sold, and hence can not be obtained by anyone to use for purposes you have mentioned.
    – UmH
    Apr 9, 2020 at 10:51
  • @UmH I am assuming that this graveyard is located in a jurisdiction where the government has the power to take private property i.e. eminent domain, compulsory purchase, or expropriation.
    – Flux
    Apr 9, 2020 at 22:25


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