Every human being brought to life in this world by the Creator will return to their Creator. The deceased is dependent upon fellow Muslims from the time of death to provide assistance to deliver the correct funeral rites according to the Quran and Sunnah. There is a great reward to whosoever offers this service and is recognised as a community obligation (when it is fulfilled by one, the rest of the group are excused and if performed in an incorrect manner they will be accountable to Allah). Unfortunately, for many years, Muslims who are involved in the funeral service business are ignorant of the correct Islamic teachings and appear to implement innovated practices. They appear to be heavily motivated by generating a profit via a funeral service rather than ensuring that the funeral rites are performed in accordance with the Sunnah.
- Most importantly GLM is a Masjid that strives to provide the community with the true and authentic teachings of the Quran and Sunnah. It is essential that such an establishment provides a funeral service that strictly adheres to Islamic law and the Sunnah of the Prophet (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him), Insha’Allah.
- Currently there is no Masjid in the Midlands providing a Sunnah funeral service with appropriate guidance from the moment of death to burial and aftercare guidance for the bereaved family. This results in people of the Sunnah having to approach other madhabs (sects of Islam) who may or may not practice the correct funeral rites.
- The Masjid is becoming increasingly involved in the community as it facilitates communal events and gatherings providing many services, a funeral director’s service is a community based service.
- Every Muslim has a fundamental right to be buried correctly in accordance with the Sunnah.
- Many large to medium Masjids provide a funeral service or facility, however the majority allegedly adhere to non-Islamic practices.
- GLM has a funeral facility which is accessible to the GLM congregation and the wider community.
- A funeral director’s service can generate additional income for the Masjid so any monies generated from the service will contribute to the Masjid’s source of income and then be redistributed to other appropriate causes in accordance with the Masjid’s approval.
- GLM funeral services will provide families with peace of mind that the funeral rites of their loved ones are conducted in an efficient and professional manner and most importantly in accordance with the Sunnah
Alhamdulillah, The GLM Funeral service is blessed to have a dedicated and professional team. The team consists of volunteer brothers and sisters who assist with the Ghusl, transportation and bereavement aspect of the service. The service is managed by a full-time manager who is accompanied by the masjids six Imams who are available for the funeral prayer as well as Islamic guidance at such a difficult time.
Equipment and Facilities
In order for GLM to run an efficient and professional service it will have specialist equipment and materials to assist the funeral process on site.
A cold storage facility is available which can accommodate six bodies at any one time.
Moving & Handling EquipmentThe facility caters for the moving and handling of the body through the means of hydraulic and manual lifting apparatus and transportation trolleys.
Multipurpose RoomA small area has been provided which can be utilised for multiple purposes. An important note to remember is that GLMCC Funeral services do not allow any communal gatherings in any of the Masjid prayer halls.
Vehicle (Ambulance/Hearse)Transportation is an essential part of a funeral service. GLM Funeral services do not provide a hearse. Transportation of the deceased is made through the means of a private ambulance.
According to Bilal Phillips book, Funeral Rites in Islam:“Transportation of the bier in a funeral coach and vehicle (hearse) according to the tradition of non-Muslims is forbidden… He (the prophet peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) instructed his followers to walk and carry the bier with their own hands. The prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) explicitly instructed his followers on numerous occasions to differ in their religious and social customs from non-Muslims.”
Coffins/CasketsAccording to the Islamic tradition and the Sunnah the deceased must only be buried in a shroud. However, we must also adhere to the rules and regulations of the local council which requires burying the deceased in coffins/caskets. Therefore, GLM Funeral services offers two types of coffins/caskets which will dissolve quickly preventing any type of preservation of the body as follows:- A standard specification wooden casket with a window which has no zinc lining as this preserves the casket therefore preserving the body for a longer duration of time. A Cardboard casket which still functions as a normal coffin but will decompose quickly once buried. This is a new type of casket which is not commonly used however will be the most appropriate casket.
The Shroud (White Cotton sheets)Shrouding the body is obligatory based on the commands of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). GLM Funeral Services provide a plain thick white cotton material (non- transparent) to shroud the decease.