This often leads to people of Muslim faith living in Austria transferring the corpses of their relatives to their respective home countries. Basically, Muslim burials differ from Christian burials in several ways. Muslims traditionally bury their dead on the day of death, which is not possible in Austria. It is also not possible in this country to wrap the dead in linen cloths. A softwood coffin is therefore usually used for a Muslim burial in Austria. The dead are then buried lying on their right shoulder with a view of Mecca. Cremations are not permitted in Islam.
After the Bavarian funeral ordinance was relaxed in April, the first Islamic rite burials are now taking place there without a coffin. In any case, this alternative is not very attractive for undertakers because the sale of coffins is an important source of income. Bayerischer Rundfunk, on the other hand, praised the new regulation as a “symbol of integration for Muslims”.