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Muslim Funeral Guide

for Residents of the San Francisco Bay Area

This guide is in the format of a quick reference manual to be used when death occurs in any Muslim family in the Bay Area. It is not intended to be a detailed explanation of the burial procedures explained here. Since it is intended to be more of a checklist, references to the pertinent ayahs of the Quran and the Hadith are not included in the main body, except in a few places. The reader is encouraged to get this information from many books and pamphlets available in the Masajid libraries, Islamic bookstores and on the web.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. When a Muslim/Muslimah is at the Point of Death

2. When Death Occurs

A. In the Hospital

B. At Home

3. Preparation for Washing the Deceased (Ghusl) A. Ghusl and Kafan (Shroud) Materials

B. People who can and should give Ghusl

C. Washing of the Deceased (Ghusl) D. Shrouding the body with the Kafan

4. Transportation to the Masjid for Funeral Prayers (Salat –ul –Janazah )

5. Funeral Prayers - Method

6. Transportation to the Cemetery

A. Route Maps

B. Traffic Rules

7. Arrival at the Cemetery

8. Burial Procedures

9. Prayers and Condolences for the Deceased

Appendix

I. Important Telephone Numbers

II. Sample Documents

III. Costs involved

IV. Checklist(s)

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APPENDIX

I. Important Telephone Numbers and Contact List

1. Islamic Organizations and Individuals
A. Islamic Society of East Bay (Funeral Committee) (510) 429-ISEB Imam Siraj (Pager, only in death emergency) (510) 742-1111
(510) 770-7120 (Pager) Br. Imam Siraj (510) 742-1111
Br. Dabeer Siddique (510) 792-2754
Haji Abdul Aziz (510) 471-9676
Br. Abdul Qadir (510) 489-4840
Br. Pervez Ahmed Khan (510) 796-4739

B.

Muslim Community Association (MCA) Br. Abdur Rehman

(408) 301-0132

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246-6662

C.

Islamic Center of Fremont, Irvington

Br. Mohammed Usman

(510) 656-3292

(510) 667-0352 (Masjid)

2.

Mortuaries linked to Islamic Organizations

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Chapel of Roses

(510) 797-1900

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Chapel of Chimes

(510) 538-3131

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Funeral Home in Santa Clara

(408) 984-1001

3. County Telephone Numbers

A.

Alameda County

Burial (Internment Certificate)

8:30 AM-4:30 PM

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Weekend (Saturday only)

Monday - Friday

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Alameda County

except holidays

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1225 Fallon Street

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Room 100

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Oakland CA 94612

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(510) 272-6381
B. Santa Clara County
Recorder
First Floor, East Wing
70 West Hedding Street
San Jose, CA 95110 (408) 299-2481
4. Cemetery Telephone Numbers
A. Five Pillars Farm Islamic Cemetery, Livermore
At present there is no telephone number, however Office Phone Numbers are: (510) 657-8397 , (510) 657-8398 (Fax), (510) 498-6339 (Pager)

G. Sample Documents

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V. Checklist(s)

1. TELEPHONE CALLS IMMEDIATELY AFTER DEATH

Doctor for Death Certificate Name of Person Contacted Telephone
------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------- ------------- Islamic Organization Name of Person Contacted Telephone Be prepared to provide the following information
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Name of Caller; Telephone Number and relationship with deceased ------------- Name of deceased person, details of age/sex etc ------------- Location of dead body – whether at a mortuary, home, hospital etc. ------------- Status of obtaining death certificate from the doctor ------------- Status of obtaining the burial permission (internment certificate) of the county ------------- Plans of burial – time, day, date, location selected etc ------------- Whether Ghusl and transportation have been made or not -------------
Name of Mortuary/Funeral Home Selected Name of Person Contacted Telephone
------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------- ------------- County Office Called for Burial Certificate Name of Person Contacted Telephone
------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------- -------------
Islamic Cemetery Selected Name of Person Contacted Telephone
------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------- -------------

Time and date of burial should be confirmed with the grave-digging ensured prior to arrival of the body to the cemetery

2. KAFAN MATERIALS PURCHASE/PREPARATION

White Unstitched Sheets (7ft X 7ft): three for males; five for females
Camphor, Sidr
Non-Alcoholic perfumes (Attar) Warm water
Soap
Gloves
Wash-cloths
Cardboard box (low-cost option recommended) to place the body in, after Ghusl

3. MASJID/CEMETERY CONFIRMATION

Salatul Janazah Time Agreed Name :
Grave Preparation and Cemetery Arrival Time Agreed Name :
LEAD PERSON FOR SALAT IDENTIFIED Name:
LEAD PERSON FOR BURIAL PROCESS Name:

4. TRANSPORTATION

Route Maps Copied and distributed
Funeral Stickers distributed
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Sample Copy of Death

and

Burial Certificate

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