Muslim Cemetery of the Islamic Center of the Capital District (MCCD)
Located across the street from the following address:
465 Snyders Lake Road
North Greenbush, NY 12198
Death is the destiny of every living thing and certainly every human being. Muslims look at this event with awe for it is a gate into Hereafter (Akhira).
According to Islamic Sharia, taking care of the deceased is a collective responsibility (Fard Kifayah) of all Muslims as a community, i.e., if some members of the community assume the responsibility, the obligation is fulfilled, but if no one fulfills it then all Muslims are held accountable. Therefore, the community must take this responsibility seriously and some brothers and sisters must be trained in the essentials of care taking for the deceased and ready to help when death occurs.
It is intended that the Cemetery will be used for the burial of Muslims who lived in the Greater Capital District Area of Albany or whose relatives live in the Capital District. The decision of who is Muslim shall be made based on word of the surviving relative requesting the burial and/or on the testimony of members of the Muslim community. The Chair of the Cemetery Committee or his designee will consider special requests.
Arrangement for Burial
Arrangements for burial shall be made directly through the following contacts:
Sheikh Djaffer Sebkhaoui – 518-274-0137
Br. Ekram Hassib – 518-370-1954
Br. Sabir Siddiqi
Br. Mustafa Thaleb
Br. Mohamed Osman – 518-495-3159
Agha Amanullah Khan – (c) 518-339-2125, (h) 518-373-2076
Legal Requirements and Compliance with Local Laws
The family of the deceased is expected to take care of the expenses related to the funeral home and digging of the grave.
The MCCD does not currently charge for the use of the cemetery but donations of $1000 or more are highly encouraged to help maintain the cemetery.
a. Funeral Arrangements, Preparations and Costs
Based on extensive positive experience, the Muslim Community of the Capital District recommends Scott & Barbieri Family Funeral Homes
Scott & Barbieri Family Funeral Homes have several locations and the negotiated price we have with them is $2200 for any muslim in the capital district. Contact person is Michael May at 518-378-6095 or they can contact the funeral homes directly below…..They can reference the “Muslim Discount”
Tebbutt Frederick Funeral Home
633 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
Telephone: (518) 489-4451
The White Funeral Home
264 North Ballston Avenue
Scotia, NY 12302
Telephone: (518) 377-2300
Griswold Funeral Home
1867 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12304
Telephone: (518) 374-6188
Light’s Funeral Home
1428 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12304
Telephone: (518) 374-1015
b. Burial Arrangements and Costs
The surviving relative shall pay directly the person who digs the grave. The current cost (as of 2009) is $400.00.
Digging of the Grave
When the time for Janazah is selected, the surviving relative must inform one of the above contacts in order to initiate arrangements for the grave preparation.
Only a person assigned by one of the above contacts (MCCD Committee Members) shall be permitted to dig the grave. Only the selected contact or someone with his approval is allowed to arrange with such person to conduct the digging of the grave. The location of the grave shall be established by the selected contact.
The digging of the grave shall follow the laws established by the state of New York.
Breaching of any of these arrangements will potentially incur violations of the Islamic Prophetic Traditions (Sunnah) as well as the New York state law. As such, violations of these guidelines will have serious consequences, including the relocation of the body at the expense of the relatives. The sole intent of this provision is to guarantee conformity with the Sunnah and compliance with the New York State law.
Care of the Grave
The maintenance of the grave as defined below shall be the responsibility of the surviving relatives. In the event that they are unable to do so, a minimum payment of $500.00 shall be made to cover the cost of the headstone and grave appearance.
The appearance of the grave shall follow the etiquette required by the Sunnah and reflect the respect it deserves:
- Headstones shall not be placed perpendicular to the ground but flush to the ground.
- Engraving of information on the headstone shall be restricted to: Name of the deceased and date of death. For practical reasons it is recommended that the information be in English
- Use of flowers and other decorations are highly discouraged.
- The body of the grave shall be maintained free of weeds and other debris that obscure or hinder its proper identification. It is recommended that pebbles and mesh that prevents weed growth be used.
- The boundaries of the grave shall be marked as simply as possible. Use of natural bricks to delineate the boundary of the grave is the preferred method. No fire-processed material may be used.
Suggested contact for the preparation of the Headstone: Grace Memorial
Suggested names of people who can take care of the grave: Sobhi Selim (518-384-1223)
General Routine Maintenance of the Cemetery
The operating expenses of the cemetery are covered solely and exclusively by donations from the members of the Muslim Community of the Capital District. As such, it is highly recommended that all members contribute generously to the expenses incurred for regular maintenance and necessary upgrades and expansion of the cemetery.