What is the law and what are the options for Muslims regarding post-mortem?
A post-mortem, also known as an autopsy is an examination of the (dead) body carried out to determine the cause of death. Post-mortems are carried out by pathologists (doctors who specialise in understanding the nature and causes of disease). Pathologists work to the standard set forth by the Royal College of Pathologists and the Human Tissue Authority (HTA). The objective of a post-mortem is to try to understand how, when and why someone has died or to obtain a better understanding of how diseases spread.