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.