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Islamic Funeral and Burial Procedures
In Metro Richmond, Virginia

 

If a Muslim dies in Metro Richmond, Please follow these steps:

Step 1: Contact Islamic Center of Virginia (ICVA)

Step 2: Contact the Funeral Home

Step 3: Contact the Cemetery

Step 4: Prepare the Deceased for Burial

Step 5: Funeral Prayer

Step 6: Transport the Deceased

Step 7: Burial

Funeral Cost in Metro Richmond

 

Step 1: Contact Islamic Center of Virginia (ICVA)

Call the ICVA Cemetery Committee Chairperson (Bashir Chughtai at (804) 379-9662 (Home), (804) 279-6454 (work)) or the ICVA Executive Committee or the Imam at 804-320-7333 or (804) 327-8450 for initial assistance and guidance.

Other Important Numbers:

Masjid Name Phone Number Additional Contact
Islamic Center of Virginia  (804) 320-7333  (804) 330-0620 (Imam Shaheed Coovadia)
Islamic Society of Greater Richmond  (804) 673-4177  (804) 673-4177 (Br. Tariq Jangda)
Masjidullah  (804) 321-8864  (804) 329-8923 (Imam Mustafa Abu Bakr)
Masjid Rahman (804) 421-4485  (804) 232-7640 (Imam Sadiq)
Masjid Bilal (804) 222-9825  (804) 236-1055 (Imam Mohammad Salaam)
Petersburg Islamic Center (804) 732-0048  (804) 732-0048 (Imam Atiya Mohammad)
Islamic Center of Prince Edwards (804)  392-5174  (804) 392-5178 (Imam Bin Saad Muhammad)

 

Step 2: Contact the Funeral Home

Bennett Funeral Home (BFH)
3215 Cutshaw Avenue
Richmond, VA 23230
(Behind TV6 Tower at 3200 West Broad Street in midtown.)

Ph: 804-359-4481 Ask for Mr. Sam Harrison  or
Chuck Orno for Islamic Burial
Fax: 804-359-4484

The person responsible for the finances is required to fill the necessary paper work with BFH.
 

Step 3: Contact the Cemetery

BFH will take care of plot allocation and payments for funeral costs.

Greenwood Memorial Gardens (GMG)
12609 Patterson Avenue
Directions
Ph: (804) 784-5214
Fax: (804) 784-2057

RiverView Cemetery
1401 S Randolph St
Richmond, VA 23220
Ph: (804) 646-1291 Fax: (804) 646-1269

Step 4: Prepare the Deceased for Burial

Advise the Funeral Director at BFH to pickup the body from home /or hospital for the Islamic burial (washing and funeral).  A loaner casket (stored at BFH and owned by ICVA) is available for transportation of the body.

BFH provides facilities to wash the body.  Usually family members wash the body with the help of some members of the community.  Volunteers can be arranged by ICVA.

Materials Needed

Shroud: Shroud is available from ICVA.

Other Materials: Towels and washcloths, soap, shampoo, cotton and non-alcohol perfume.

BFH provides gloves, covering clothes, and masks, to protect those preparing the deceased's body.

Step 5: Funeral Prayer

Arrange with local Imam (Muslim Priest), the time and place for funeral prayer and burial services.

Step 6: Transport the Deceased

BFH transports the deceased's body from the funeral prayer to GMG cemetery for burial in Islamic Garden, section for Muslims established by ICVA.

Police escorts the funeral procession to GMG, to follow the procession keep your vehicle's headlights on.

Step 7: Burial

The body is placed in the grave on its side facing Mecca within a concrete vault. Everyone is encouraged to fill the dirt and make prayers for the deceased.

 

Funeral Cost in Metro Richmond for Adult at GMG

Bennett Funeral Home (BFH) $450
Shroud and Supplies $30
ICVA GMG Cemetery Lot $1000
Concrete Vault from BFH $595
Cemetery Burial Services $900

Total

$2975

Total (with Memorial)

$4175

These figures are subject to change.  The GMG cemetery will charge more for burial on weekend or after 3 pm on weekdays (contact cemetery office for details).

Funeral Cost for Baby at Riverview Cemetery

 

Bennett Funeral Home (BFH) $450
Shroud and Supplies $30
ICVA Cemetery Lot $370
Concrete Vault from BFH $?
Cemetery Burial Services $425

Total

$1275

Total (with Memorial)

$?

 

 

Detailed Islamic Funeral Guide

 

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