Burial Arrangements & Procedures

What To Do When A Death Occurs


Contact the Hon. Secretary Br Mohamed H. G. Khaku at 0722 - 410216 or Asst. Secretary Br Yusuf Jiwa at 0720-747569 to report a Mayaat.


When you phone the Jamaat officials to make burial arrangements, you can expect to be asked the following questions below.

  1. 1. What was the cause and place of death?
    2. Has the Coroner released the body?
    3. Does the deceased have any relatives or friends who would like to assist in the ghusl; if so, how many?
    4. Did the deceased have his/her own kafan they wishes to use? If so, please bring it with you.
    5. When do you wish to perform the burial: immediately or are you waiting for family from out-of-town to arrive?
    6. What is the name and number at which the next-of-kin may be reached (if caller is not the next-of-kin)?
    7. What is the name and number at which the family member coordinating funeral arrangements may be reached?

In addition, the following instructions will be communicated to you:

  1. 1. Please remove any foreign objects that may be attached to the Mayyat, i.e. tubes, wires, etc.
    2. Please make sure that the Mayaat is laid facing Qibla, hands straightened, eyes and mouth closed, feet joined. If necessary, can use a handkerchief or cloth to help perform these tasks.

The following two checklists can be used for gathering information and making arrangements:

  1. 1. Secure vital statistics of deceased:
    • Name (including religious name, if any) home address & tel number
    • Length of residence at present address
    • Name of business or employer’s name, address, telephone number
    • Occupation and title
    • Date and place of birth
    • Citizenship
    • Father’s name and birthplace
    • Mother’s maiden name and birthplace
  1. 2. Secure vital documents of deceased (required to establish rights for insurance, pensions, survivor benefits, ownership, etc.):
    • Death Certificate
    • Proof of Death Certificate
    • Will
    • Legal proof of age or birth certificate
    • Marriage licence
    • Citizenship papers
    • Insurance Policies
    • Bank books
    • Deeds
    • Car ownership papers
    • Income-Tax Returns, recent receipts or cancelled cheques

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