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Brothers and sisters, during this time of difficulty we are here to serve you in accordance with Islamic beliefs and etiquettes.
Whether you are looking to have a burial in the UK or seek advice from a worldwide repatriation service, we are here to make things easier for you.
Your first point of contact for arranging a funeral or repatriation service is to speak with Mehrez Boughdiri. Mehrez is available seven days a week, is an Arabic, English and French speaker, with experience of arranging Muslim funerals and repatriations.
Mehrez is a practising Muslim and fully understands the need for providing a service in accordance with the Islamic faith.
A loss of an individual is not just regarded as a loss to the family but to the whole Muslim community as a whole. For this reason, it is common for people who may not know an individual personally to attend the funeral. Muslims are encouraged to attend any Muslim’s funeral due to the profound personal, social and spiritual significance of such an event.
Burial is typically within 24 hours of death to protect the living from any sanitary issues, except in the case of a person who dies unexpectedly or from unnatural causes. Where death is unexpected or from unnatural causes it is essential, and a legal requirement by law, to determine the cause of death before burial. Determining the cause of death is the responsibility of the local Coroner. At all times, this is done with the utmost respect for the deceased persons.
Those attending a Muslim funeral should dress modestly. For women, this means ankle-length skirts, long sleeves and a headscarf; for men, a long-sleeved shirt and trousers.
Shoes are removed before prayer, so ensure you are wearing clean socks.