For example, Muslims believe that after death their bodies will slowly disintegrate, except the tailbone, which on the day of resurrection will regenerate into the complete human being. For that reason, most Muslims reject cremation because it destroys the tailbone, making resurrection impossible. Still others believe that the resurrected body will appear as it did at the moment of death, and for that reason they fear and condemn desecration of the dead.
Within Islam, desecration of enemy war dead was forbidden by the Prophet Muhammad himself. When warriors mutilated dead Muslim soldiers during one battle, Muhammad commanded his soldiers not to do the same. At another battle, the opposing army offered to pay Muslims for the return of one of its famed warriors. Muhammad responded, "I do not sell dead bodies. You can take away the corpse of your fallen comrade."