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Agony turns to frustration as Christchurch Muslims await loved ones for burial | World news

When Ara Parvin’s husband, Farid, was in a road accident several years ago and began using a wheelchair, she steadfastly cared for him. Over the years, as he grew sicker, her support grew.On Friday the Parvins were praying at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch when alleged terrorist Brenton Tarrant aimed his gun at Farid. Ara supported her husband for a final time, throwing herself in front of the bullets. She is among the 50 people who died in the attacks. And Farid is waiting to bury her.Daughter of Christchurch victim: ‘My dad is a real hero. He got shot in the back to shield my brothers’ Read more The pair had settled in New Zealand after leaving Bangladesh in 1994. Outside Christchurch hospital on Sunday where 34 people injured in the attack are receiving treatment, Mahmood Kahn stood at the emergency room doors to support the Bangladeshi community. There is no consulate in New Zealand for Bangladesh.“So I am here,” he told Guardian Australia. Farid was one of his close friends.“His wife has died,” he said. “My friend had a road accident 20 years ago. And after that he is using a wheelchair. His wife is the one supporting him all the time for everything. He has lost that support. It is very, very sad.”The honorary consul for Bangladesh in New Zealand, Shafiqur Rahman Anu, met Kahn at the hospital on Sunday and together they met families of the dead. While interpretation of Islamic law regarding burials varies, burying a person as soon as possible after death is a fundamental principle of Islam. Families usually want to bury their loved ones no more than 24 hours after a death. But families have not been given any indication from police as to when bodies will be released to them, and their unease is mounting. People like Kahn are there to comfort them.“Burial is important, very very,” he said. “They are not coping well, the community, but they are working with authorities to get bodies released. In Islam, you know, you are supposed to bury the body as quick as possible without any delay. That is the normal custom. But now with these awful things it’s a bit different.FacebookTwitterPinterest Mahmood Kahn waits outside Christchurch hospital for Shafiqur Rahman Anu, the honorary consul for Bangladesh in NZ. Photograph: Melissa Davey/The Guardian “Also many killed have family living overseas, they want to come and see the body. So it’s not unusual that they might keep the body one or two days in some situations, even if actually they are not supposed to. But this happens too in their home countries as well, if there is a police case they will keep body for days for all sorts of police formalities. So we know, we understand, this happens. I am sure though, at same time they want the bodies as quick as they can.”Almost 48 hours on from the attacks at Al Noor and Linwood mosques that left 50 dead, police have said they cannot yet give families any indication of when their loved ones might be released to them.However, Jacinda Ardern said a “small number” of bodies would be returned to families by Sunday night.Forensic officers and pathologists have been working around the clock to gather the evidence from the bodies they need to bring charges.“What we have to do is determine the cause of death,” New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush said. “But we are so aware of the cultural and religious needs. So we are doing that as...

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