What to do After Death


The Funeral Director of your choice will be able to assist you with every step, including making the burial arrangements.

Many mosques do offer full Funeral Services, i.e. a funeral car, washing (Ghusl) facilities, Funeral Prayer (Salat-ul-Janazah) and taking the deceased to the cemetery, so if you have a local or preferred mosque ask what they can offer you.

Masjid Umar/ YMA Funeral Service

If you need a recommendation, we asked around and the Masjid Umar/ YMA Funeral Service appears to be the most comprehensive, most recommended and new Muslim-friendly in Sheffield at the moment.

Contact details:
306 Barnsley Road Sheffield S4 7AH www.ymasheffield.co.uk

Service Fees
Coffin An adult size casket lined with plastic film with a name plate on the lid. (Extra charges apply for a viewing window).
Kafn (Shroud) A full set of white sheets, cut and prepared to meet Shari`ah requirements.
Ghusl (Bathing) A clean washroom, all washing materials, utensils, garments, sanitary items and our well-trained staff assisting with the Ghusl.
Hearse A hearse and a driver for local trips to the mortuary, washroom, home, mosque and cemetery. (Additional charges apply for additional or long-distance trips, for example to the airport).
  Total cost: £590 (as of 2014)

If your mosque only offers the Funeral Prayer (Salat-ul-Janazah) and no other Funeral Services, the Cooperative Funeral Services and John Heath Funeral Directors can collect the deceased from home or hospital, take them to the mosque or to their Chapel of Rest where they have washing (Ghusl) facilities, a casket, and then provide a hearse to the mosque and the cemetery.

Cooperative Funeral Services

Suffolk Road Suffolk Road, Sheffield, S2 4BX Tel: 01142 760 211

Their basic service costs from £1895 with an additional third party and out of hours services fees.

John Heath Funeral Directors

2-16 Earsham Street, Sheffield S4 7LS Tel: 0114 272 2222

St. Luke’s Hospice

St. Luke’s Hospice also has a Chapel of Rest, facilities for Ghusl and they can provide a coffin and have a place for prayer.

APPENDIX C – PEOPLE WHO CAN BE CONTACTED Re: GHUSL (ritual washing of the body)

In Hospital or community: Sabiha Rehman, Hospital Muslim Chaplain. Tel: 07450860406 or email: sabia.rehman@nhs.net


Most mosques will hold a Funeral Prayer (Salat-ul-Janazah), but if you don’t have a local or preferred mosque or don’t want to use the facilities offered by Masjid Umar, the Muslim Welfare House Sheffield may be a good alternative.

Although they don’t have facilities for Ghusl, They do offer:

  • English explanations
  • Accommodation for non-Muslim relatives during the service and accompanied to the graveyard
  • Shrouds available

Contact details: 10-12 Severn Road, Sheffield, S10 2SU Tel: 0114 2671969


There are Muslim burial areas at:

  • Abbey Lane Cemetery, Abbey Lane, Sheffield S8 0QB
  • City Road Cemetery, City Road, Sheffield S2 1GD
  • Shiregreen Cemetery, Shiregreen Lane, Sheffield S5 6AA
  • Tinsley Park Cemetery, Barleywood Road, Sheffield S9 5FJ

Burial services can be held seven days a week, including Bank Holidays within daylight hours, i.e. April – September until 8.00pm and October – March until 4.00pm, except at Abbey Lane, where it is not possible to hold late, weekend or Bank Holiday burials.

The latest times a same-day burial can be booked is: 5.00pm April – September and 1.00pm October – March, to enable adequate time to prepare the grave.

A Burial Certificate must be obtained prior to the burial taking place.

Graves can be purchased in advance and are purchased on a 30 year lease, with options available to extend this period.

All graves are covered with grass. A marker stone with the deceased’s surname, grave number and section can be purchased from the Bereavement Service.

Internment Fees:

Anyone under 16 years of age (including a foetus or stillborn child): £190 not in the Muslim section of graveyard or communal grave (check with the cemetery).

Anyone over 16 years of age: £980

Additional fees apply to excavate the grave to bury in a casket, for a brick lined grave, and for pre-purchase of exclusive burial rights in a grave. Click this link for details.


Awrah parts of the body that are not supposed to be exposed to others. For men this is from the navel to the knee. For the women it is all of her body except the hands, feet, and face.

Dafn Islamic burial, conducted according to Islamic law

Digital Post-Mortem examinations Digital Autopsy involves a scan of the body using a CT scanner that creates a 3D image of the body, enabling the pathologist to conduct a full, non-invasive digital post mortem using a large, touch-screen tablet computer. The scanning process takes only a few minutes and, following the digital autopsy process, the results are available almost immediately.

Ghusl The full ritual washing of the body with water alone to be ritually pure

Hadith The Hadith record the words and deeds, explanations, and interpretations of the Prophet concerning all aspects of life.

Hajj The annual pilgrimage to Mecca which is one of the five Pillars of Islam.

Iddah The period a woman must observe after the death of her spouse or after a divorce, during which she may not marry another man.

Janazah The Muslim funeral

Qiblah it is the direction that Muslims face when they pray. It is in the direction of the Ka’bah in Mecca.

Qur’an The word of Allah as dictated to Muhammad by the angel Gabriel and written down in Arabic. It consists of 114 units of varying lengths, known as Surahs. It touches upon all aspects of human existence, including matters of doctrine, social organization, and legislation.

Salat-ul-Janazah The Muslim funeral, performed as a sign of respect and goodwill for a deceased Muslim, immediately prior to burial.

Shari`ah The revealed and the canonical laws of the religion of Islam, based on the Qur’an and Hadith.

Wudu The shorter ritual washing of the body with water alone to be ritually pure.