In Islam, humans are respected human beings whether alive or dead. Cremation is prohibited in Islam as it is disrespectful to the dead body. Allah Almighty says, [We have honored sons of Adam] (Al-Isra‘ 17:70).

Dr. `Abdul-WahhabibnNasir Al-Tariri, former professor of Shari `ah at Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud University, Saudi Arabia, states the following: Cremation is not allowed in Islam. Cremation is something contrary to the teachings of Islam and is a violation of Islamic law. This is based on the following Qur’anic verse in which Allah Almighty says, [Then He causes him to die, and places him in his grave] (`Abasa 80:21).

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said, “The way of honoring the deceased is to bury him.”
Thus, it is an obligation on Muslims as a community to ensure that every Muslim who dies is properly washed, shrouded, and buried according to the teachings of Islam. The funeral prayer of the deceased should be performed after the body is shrouded and before it is taken to the grave. This is one of the rights that an individual Muslim has on the Muslim community.