What should I do if someone dies?

Call us at 323-49-MBOLA

Who is going to provide Kafan?

MBOLA will provide the burial kit, which includes kafan and other related items, to all the registrants.

Who is going to perform Ghusl?

Trained volunterrs will carry out this Wajib. Arrangments with the Mortuaries will quickly be made and the body will be taken to an appropriate location for Ghusl and Kafan.

Who is going to transfer the body to the grave site?

After the Ghusl and Kafan, the body will be taken to the grave site by the volunteers.

Who is going to perform Namaz-e-Janaza?

An Aalim, currently serving the greater Los Angeles will lead the Namaz.

Who is going to bury the body?

Under the supervision of an Aalim, volunteers will assist in burying the body of the deceased.

How can I find more information about the burial process?

Contact our coordinator at the number above, who will get you in touch with any of our volunteers.

How many graves are available?

After successfully launching its 1st cemetery in 2009 and selling out all plots, MBOLA has now established its second cemetery, Wadi-e-Hussain, with a capacity of 750 plots, starting at $3,300 each. Payment plans are available.

What is the cost of a grave?

Please understand that the 'cost of a grave' ONLY means the cost of the lot (or land). There are other costs that you will incur, that we in MBOLA refer to as the 'day of burial' charges. The cost of the grave is $3,300. Today, the Mortuary cost can range anywhere between $1,500 to upwards of $2,500 (depending upon the choice of Mortuary). The cemetery 'open/close' charges amount to aproximately $1,600 per grave.

What options do I have to make the payments?

You can choose one of the two options. Pay the entire $3,300 for the Lot OR make a monthly payment of $550 for 6 months (If you have other options in mind please contact one of the MBOLA Board Members to see if we can accommodate your request)

Can I make the grave payment in installments?

Yes, you can make on-line payment using your credit card. There are various payment options available through our website. Please click here to learn more about the options. Please note, you will need to make the payments at the scheduled interval to ensure proper credit towards the purchase of the grave.

How do I enroll in the program?

Please fill out the registeration card and mail to the MBOLA Address on the card along with your payment.

Is it possible to pay by Credit Card?

Yes, you can make on-line payment using your credit card. There are various payment options available through our website. Please click here to learn more about the options.

What is the process for the family members in case of a death in the family?

We have a single point of contact. Please call the MBOLA Coordinator at (323)49-MBOLA or (323) 496-2652. In case of emergency, if you cannot connect with her, please contact any of the MBOLA Directors. Their contact information is on www.MBOLA.org

Who takes care of the body after death?

We have a detailed process. Please see the process flow on our website (www.MBOLA.org)

What are the cemetery hours?

The cemetery is open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset.

Can burials take place any day of the year?

The cemetery is open year round. Burials can take place any day except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Easter Sunday, Labor Day, Independence Day, and Memorial Day.

How important is it to on time for burial?

It is very important to be on time for burial. If the burial process is not started by 3:00 pm, then we have to pay additional overtime charges to the cemetery.

Can we visit our loved ones buried at the cemetery and read duas or Holy Quran?

Absolutely, yes. Alhamdolillah, this is an all Muslim section of the cemetery. It is surrounded on all four sides by a 3 ft wall and 6 ft tall shrubs. You can read any and all duas with privacy and serenity.

Can I place flowers on the grave of our loved ones?

Yes, you can. Flowers or other memorabilia can be placed at the grave. As part of the routine maintenance dead flowers will be picked up by cemetery staff to help keep the grave of your loved one clean and clear of all unwanted/undesired items.

How is the ghusl performed according to fiqh?

Please go through the following presentation here detailing the fiqh around ghusl al-mayyit.


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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Sayings of Nahj-ul-Balagha

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)