Muslim Cemetery

Muslim Cemetery of the Islamic Center of the Capital District

Cemetery DIRECTIONS:

Muslim Cemetery of the Capital District (MCCD)

Old Cemetery
465 Snyders Lake Road,
North Greenbush, NY 12198

Evergreen Memorial Park
2150 Central Ave,
Schenectady, NY 12304

Introduction

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.

Eligible Beneficiaries

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:

Mustafa Thaleb – 518-366-1271

Br. Mohamed Osman – 518-495-3159

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 old 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
    http://www.sbfuneralhome.com/
    Scott & Barbieri Family Funeral Homes
    have several locations and the negotiated price we have with them is $2,400 for any muslim in the capital district.
    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) 489-4454

    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 between $400 to $500.

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.

Violations

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.

The appearance of the grave shall follow the etiquette required by the Sunnah and reflect the respect it deserves:

  1. Headstones shall not be placed perpendicular to the ground but flush to the ground.
  2. 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
  3. Use of flowers and other decorations are highly discouraged.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

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.