A Janaza for Litvinenko

When I first heard this story I thought it was rather dubious like one of those conspiracy theories but according to Alexander Litvinenko’s father, his son the former Russian KGB spy that was poisoined with a radioactive substance, converted to Islam in the days before his death and asked to be buried in the Muslim way.

There are conflicting reports about his conversion with some saying he converted 10 days before he became sick and others saying it was 2 days before his death while in hospital. While some of Litvinenko’s associates have backed up his father’s claims, others have expressed their reservations about the conversion. Whatever the case may be, he had a janaza performed at the Central London mosque in Regent’s Park and was buried in an airtight coffin to prevent contamination. You can read more here, here, and here if you want.

Alhamdulillah, his family supported his desire to be buried as a Muslim and attended the funeral prayer at the mosque for him. I sometimes wonder what my parents would do if I died because I don’t think they would know what to do or how to get in touch with a local masjid.

May Allah protect us.


  1. Insya-Allah, Allah will always be with you in life and death. He will give guidance to your parents upon your death, that I believe, insya-Allah. 🙂

  2. make a will and write it all down. talk to your parents now, even. my parents don’t know the first thing about muslim funerals, but they do know how to use the phonebook.

  3. Salaam

    Inaalilaah wa inaa ilahey rajiuun, All will return to Allah. Perhaps that is why he was killed. KGB, with all his expertise becoming a Muslim, in England! Did not Diana lose her life also because she got involved with a Muslim.

    Knowing this new tidbid, I think his killer is not Russian but more English. 🙂

  4. As-salaamu Alaukum, sweetie. Subhan-Allah. I was following the story, but I haven’t heard anything in the past couple of days. Insha-Allah this is true. May Allah have mercy on him and bless him with the highest level of Jannah if this is so, AAMEEN.

  5. Asalamu alaykum,

    AlHanbali, Anneesa, & Muslim Mommie, Ameen.

    I suppose I have to begin talking to my parents about the possibility of my death, it just seems that each time I mention death, my mother begins to worry that I might be going towards the extremes.

    Z, I’ve been having trouble with my ISP so I haven’t had access to an internet connection since last Thursday. InshaAllah, if I get a more stable connection, I’ll check it out.

    Yasmiin, I had to read that a couple of times to get it. InshaAllah, I’m going to edit it a bit.

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