In the unfortunate event of death of a family member or friend, MCA provides complete Islamic funeral arrangements including:
- Obtaining a death certificate and burial permit.
- Arrangements for storing a body.
- Ghusl (washing) before burial.
- Janaza (funeral) prayer.
- Transportation to a burial ground.
- Acquiring a burial plot at a number of cemeteries.
- One phone call is required to initiate this process.
What to do before imminent death?
Family members of the dying person and their most pious friends should be present at their side to help turn the final thoughts to Allah, reminding him or her of all the good deeds they did, about Allah's mercy, and Allah's favors. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: "Let no Muslim die except expecting and hoping the best from Allah" (Muslim).
Family members and friends can advise the dying person very gently (encouragement without insistence) to say the shahada: "La Illaha illallah", which means there is no God but Allah, in a very kind and sincere manner as these may be their last words. Abu Saeed Al-Khuduri reported that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: "Help Muslims who are dying to say "La Illaha illallah" (Muslim).
Family members should make Dua (supplication) to Allah to help make the final moments easy, and to forgive them.
What can MCA do for you?
1. Arrange transportation of the body
2. Wash the body Islamicaly
3. Shrouding (kafan) and a casket
4. Arrange for the congregational funeral prayer
All items 1-4 take place at Masjid An-Noor at 1755 Catherine St, Santa Clara.
Burial can be at Five Pillars Farm, an Islamic Cemetery in Livermore, CA, or at any cemetery in the Bay Area, CA.
What information you'll need? What to do after death?
Immediately after the death has occurred and it has been verified, close the eyes of the deceased eyes; the mouth and jaws are tied gently with broad bands or pieces of cloth so that they do not remain wide open; the legs should be tied in the same way. The body should be covered, and must always remain covered, preferably with a white sheet of cloth.
Invoke Allah and say: "Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un" (To Allah we belong and to Him is our return).
Crying with no wailing is permitted. The prophet (pbuh) wept on the death of his son, Ibrahim and said: "The eyes shed tears and the heart feels pain, but we utter only what pleases our Lord. O Ibrahim! We are aggrieved at your demise."
Contact MCA funeral Director for funeral arrangements without delay; Relatives and friends should be notified. The body must not be kept waiting unnecessarily.
Immediate family and friends are to prepare food for the bereaved family for three days.
When you contact the MCA funeral representative to seek advice, arrange for paper work and cemetery plot, please have the following information available:
Determine if the dying person has any preferences for people who will carry out the Ghusl (washing) and Kafan (burial cloth). If there is none, then the next of male kin to males, and next of female kin to females should be available to perform the Ghusl.
Also when you talk to the MCA funeral director, please prepare the following information for the dying person to facilitate the process of obtaining the death certificate and help in finalizing the paperwork:
- Social Security Number
- California Driver’s License #
- Employment Status
- Phone Number
If the death occurred over the weekend, contact the doctor or hospital to determine if the hospital can store the body over the weekend. Please note that a death certificate must be obtained prior to burial from the County office. Most County offices are open only during weekdays and for a few hours on Saturday. Furthermore, the cemetery does not typically open graves and allow burials on Sundays. As such, in the event of death on Saturday, the burial may have to wait until Monday afternoon.
It typically takes about 2 to 3 hours to make all the arrangements at a minimum (obtain death certificate, open the grave, arrange the transportation). As such, a person can be buried on the same day if the death occurred prior to 8 AM. If the death occurred after that time, the arrangements will be typically made for burial the next day.
Typically the Janaza prayer is performed right after the Dhuhr prayer (12:30 PM in winter months or 1:30 PM during daylight savings time). The Ghusl is typically performed before the Janaza prayers (around 11 AM or 12 Noon).
Funeral estimated cost
- Certificate of Death & Burial Permits charges vary per county. (paid to County)
- Transportation to Masjid Al-Noor, Ghusl(Washing), Kafan (Shrouding), Cardboard Casket, and transporting the body to the cemetery. $2,500 (paid to MCA)
- Grave Plot at Five Pillars Cemetery, Livermore. $1,400 (paid to MCA)
- Grave opening and closure $1,600-$1900 (paid to Five Pillars Farm Cemetery)