In Islam the funeral process is the duty and responsibility of every local Muslim community.
It is an obligatory act for at least 1 member of the community to perform this duty (referred to as Fard-e-kifaya – an obligation which if performed by one or more members of the community, then the entire community absolved from the responsibility, and if not then the entire community is sinful & accountable for this omission).
In Woking this vital role has been shared by the PMWA and the local residents.
Pakistan Muslim Welfare Association (PMWA) was established the 1970′s, it was initially set up to help pay for deaths which occurred in the community and over the years the muslim community has grown and we now stand strong at over 5,000 members. We have members all over the UK, who initially resided at Woking and have since moves on, but kept their memberships ongoing.
We are sad to say that due to the number of members we now have, we are not able to take on members from a 12 mile radius of Woking. However, we are happy to provide any advice & assistance even for deaths outside the parameters which have been set out.
The PMWA is a voluntary non profitable organisation and is all run my volunteers.
Muslims bury the deceased as soon as possible, preferably within 24 hours.
The PMWA becomes involved and active from the time of death (if the family wishes for us to take over, through to organising all the relevant paperwork which involves the family working with us, to picking up the deceased from their home, hospital, hospice, care home etc, to taking them to the Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking to prepare for Ghusal and shrouding. We ensure the smooth transition of the funeral prayers and look to streamline a process when it comes to ziyaarat (open coffin). Immediately family (men and women) and women can only view a female deceased. A male deceased can only be viewed by men only and again the immediate family. The procession will then be taken to the local Cemetery which is Brookwood and the burial will take place with the help of the PMWA volunteers. In the event if a repatriation the PMWA will arrange for the deceased to be taken to the airport for transportation to the desired final destination of the place of burial.
All the deceased Muslims are buried and there is no cremation. There is no need for embalming usually.
Please note that the Funeral for Muslims takes place as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours after death if possible. Therefore, there is some urgency in ensuring that the “Cause of Death Certificate” is obtained by the family from the doctor as soon as possible. Your understanding and assistance in fulfilling this important rite will be highly appreciated as it can become quite complex if this is not obtained.
It is preferable not to have a post mortem performed unless absolutely essential, however, at times this is not possible as this is out of our hands and down to the medics to decide. The family can insist for the post Mortem not to go ahead, but ultimately it is down to the coroner or the doctors to decide and their decision will be final.
The information on our site is to provide a general overview of Muslim Funerals and the services available thy are available to our members. As previously stated, we are more than happy to give advice and provide assistance for our members as well as provide advice and support for non members of our organisation.
We are happy to provide further detailed information to you, or any of the following, other organisations as well as to Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Emergency Services, Ambulance, Police or other Funeral Directors who may be required to perform a Muslim Burial.
Kindly feel free to contact us at any time.