Skip to comments.A Question of Faith... or Tidiness? (Christian Burials to be oriented to Mecca)
Posted on 09/22/2006 5:05:40 PM PDT by shrinkermd
A multi-faith cemetery will have all its graves aligned with Mecca, despite Christian burials traditionally facing east. CHRIS BIRKLE finds out how Christians and Muslims feel about the controversial council decision
In today's secular society you could be forgiven for not knowing which direction Christian graves face.
Ancient tradition shows they should look east in anticipation of the second coming of Jesus Christ.
But all headstones at the new £2.5m High Wood Cemetery in Bulwell will be plotted to face north-east, in line with Islamic faith.
Muslims believe the dead look over their shoulder towards Mecca, towards the south-east
(Excerpt) Read more at thisisnottingham.co.uk ...
About had enough.
hmmm, I had heard that being on the southeast side of the cemetery was desirable. My plot has a great view... except that there's an old freight car that some farmer uses to store hay... just to the west.
That's "kind of East", and that has to do with optimizing light, and heat.
I don't recall a specific Christian tradition regarding the orientation of gravestones ~ after all, Jesus can arrive over any part of the horizon He wishes. He is not bound by the Sun.
Do Muslims practice conversion of ancestors the way Mormons do? It sounds rather convenient to lay out all the graves according to Muslim tradition. In a few generations, all Christian and other non-muslim symbols could be removed.
She worked with her DAV post in designing it.
The Son is not bound by the Sun?
First thing that crossed my mind, too! :)
I just mentally went over the 3 cemetarys I know, and amazingly, it seems to me that the gravestones face east.
What a great bar bet. ( like in, "I'll give you $1 for each grave stone facing either south, west, or north, you give me 25 cents for each gravestone facing east")
The head faces east to meet the rising sun in most of our OLD cemteries. Spent years doing cemetery restoration.
It isnt bad enough that they kiss live Muslims on the ass, Now they are kissing the dead Muslims asses.
They have to calculate it.
Is it the direction which is the shortest distance to Hecca?
Yes, if you mean Mecca.
Do they factor the great circle route?
"I don't recall a specific Christian tradition regarding the orientation of gravestone....." ,p.Yes, there is one, and it is just as this article states. Our pastor was talking about this about two Sundays ago in Bible class.
Conservatives should be buried face down. That way when the state of the world makes them roll over in their graves, they will come out right.
Of course, liberals should also be buried facing down, so that they can see where they are going.
Do Muslims also drive with the destination over their shoulder? I don't get it. Maybe camels work that way.
What is the best feng shui direction for a graveyard?
Are they aligning these grave sites along the "Great Circle" route or the "Rhumb Line"? Idiots!
When I'm dead I don't care which direction my dead body faces cause I'm dead. My soul will be in heaven and my body will return to dust.
Feet at 1:30 and eyes at 4:30?
Dunno. "Great Circle" is what they use though. That might be an "Ask the Imam" kind of question.
"Multifaith cemeteries" don't make sense to me in the first place. I'm not so surprized. Even militiary cemeteries have at least Chritian sections, etc.
Go look at some cemetaries sometimes. All I have ever been in you are lying on your back feet to the east. Waiting the coming of Christ. Everyone. I will be planted facing EAST not Mecca.
I suspect this is strictly an European thing and probably applicable only to those from a Catholic or Orthodox tradition as a general rule.
In any case, many Protestants know that "Christ will come in the clouds", and, consequently know that you can't tell what direction that is.