Following up on the proposed Muslim cemetery and funeral home in Torbay
What we want to know:
Will the Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador be moving ahead with the development of a cemetery and funeral home? The Telegram will keep you posted as we find out more.
Dr. Syed Pirzada is head of the provincial Muslim association. The association has acquired land in Torbay so they can establish their own cemetery. â€” File photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
The Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (MANAL) is given the go-ahead to begin clearing Crown land acquired by the association in Torbay a few years prior.
For more than 40 years the Muslim community in St. Johnâ€™s has had to bury its dead in the Waterford Bridge Road cemetery based on the layout of the graveyard rather than according to Islamic practice, but with the development of the first Muslim cemetery in the province, the community will finally be able to lay their loved ones to rest facing Mecca.
The Muslim community also wants to build a funeral home and prayer centre on the five-acre property in Torbay to help ease the stress on family members after they lose a loved one. This will also help fulfil rituals families usually performed that arenâ€™t currently done. In order for the association to be able to build the funeral home and prayer centre, the land has to be rezoned.
The Telegram has been followig this story for nine months.
The land for the cemetery still hasnâ€™t been cleared, though the Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador has been given approval by the Torbay town council to begin that process.
Rezoning of the land, according to town staff, is still being worked through.