Burial Process

Soon after there is a death in the family, the bereaved family member calls MBOLA hotline. (1.323.49.MBOLA or 1.323.496.2652). The MBOLA attendant receiving the call provides the family member with a choice list of Mortuaries and Cemeteries that the body can be washed and laid to rest. If the family chooses Wadi-us-Salaam as the cemetery, then the attendant informs the MBOLA Cemetery Team.

The family contacts the mortuary of choice to transport the remains from its origin (Hospital / Home etc.) to the Mortuary (where the body will be washed and shrouded). The family also contacts the cemetery of choice to prepare for burial on the decided date/time and performs the required paperwork and make all necessary payments.

Meanwhile, MBOLA prepares a team of volunteers to wash the body at the next available day (normally between 1-2 days). The MBOLA Ghusl Team arrives at the Mortuary along with their "Ghusl Kit", that includes the Kafan and other amenities needed to perform a complete Ghusl as well as Shroud the body. The Ghusl Team complies by the Fiqh-e-Jafaria process for washing (Ghusl) and shrouding (Kafan) the body.

After the Ghusl, the Mortuary transports the body to the Cemetery, where the body is received by the family as well as the Cemetery staff. If the cemetery of choice is Wadi-us-Salaam, then an MBOLA Cemetery team representative will be present on site.

mbola burial process

As soon as the MBOLA Cemetery Team finds out about the burial, they inform Abbey Mortuary of the date/time of burial. They also assign a Funeral Director internally who will be assisting the family throughout the burial process. While the family is coordinating the activities related to the Mortuary, the Funderal Director coordinates the date/time of burial with the Ghusl (washing) Team to ensure timely arrival and burial of the body. He/She also informs the family member so they can invite the family for burial.

At the cemetery, the body should "arrive by 2:00pm Pacific time" to avoid overtime charges (on weekdays). Weekends are always treated as overtime (anytime of the day). The Burial process MUST by "completed by 4:00pm Pacific time".

The family needs to pay balance to the cemetery team, as well as clear any unpaid dues to MBOLA.

For the burial, the family needs to assign/select upto 4 relatives/friends who will help lower the body into the grave. It is a state law for the 4 selected folks to sign a form (day of service) prior to performing the actual act of lowering the body. Burial is performed based upon Fiqh-e-Jafaria process.

Once the body is in the ground and prayers/recitation are completed, the family steps out of the grave. Abbey team closes the lid of the grave and pushes dirt onto the grave. Abbey team is free to leave at that point in time. MBOLA orders the headstone (tombstone). After 'x' number of burials, the headstones will be installed on to the graves.

You can download Laverne Cemetary day of burial forms here.


Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Rajiun

With deep sorrow we announce the demise of Shafi un Nisa begum w/o Syed Ali Zahid Shah, who passed away Saturday July 26th, 2014 in Tustin, CA. She was the beloved mother of Hafeez, Riaz and their sisters (Ismat, Tasneem, Juby and Ruby). Hafeez and Riyaz are the prominent volunteers at Babul Ilm Islamic Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Details of burial:
Burial Date and Time: Sunday July 27, 2014 @ 11:30AM
Place: Wadi-us-Salaam, La Verne Cemetery, La Verne, CA
Address: 3201 B Street, La Verne, CA 91750

Majlis-e-Aza at Wadi-us-Salam
Dec 1st, 2013

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Recent Loss in our Community

July 26th, 2014 - Shafi un Nisa begum
May 23rd, 2014 - Marhoom Syed Hasan Shirazee
May 15th, 2014 - Marhooma Syeda Neelofur Noor Brady
Mar 17th, 2014 - Marhoom Agha Haidar Abbas
Mar 16th, 2014 - Marhooma Shamim Hussain

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O creatures of Allah! Fear Allah and anticipate your death by good actions. Purchase everlasting joy by paying transitory things - pleasures of this world. Get ready for the journey, for you are being driven, and prepare yourselves for death, since it is hovering over you. Be a people who wake up when called, and who know that this world is not their abode, and so have it changed (with the next). (Sermon 64)

If you could see that has been seen by those of you who have died, you would be puzzled and troubled. Then you would have listened and obeyed; but what they have seen is yet curtained off from you. (Sermon 20)

You have seen those who lived before you, amassed wealth, feared poverty and felt safe from its (evil) consequences, the longevity of desires and the (apparent) distance from death. How, then, death overtook them, turned them out of their homelands and took them out of their places of safety. They were borne on coffins, people were busy about them one after another, carrying them on their shoulders and supporting them with their hands. (Sermon 131)