US: Las Vegas Muslims get their first dedicated cemetery

2015-03-20 09:29:09 | Al Muslim News
US: Las Vegas Muslims get their first dedicated cemetery


Member of Muslim community in US city Las Vegas, Dr. Osama Haikal , Long-time valley, won unanimous approval for a nonprofit Muslim cemetery on 2 acres Land. The developer of the project Dr. Haikal, local physician said “I have been working on this plan for 12 years,” who helped establish the Islamic Center and Mosque just north of the cemetery site. After an appeal against building a proposed Islamic cemetery filed by the residents in Las Vegas has been dismissed by the Clark County Planning Commission. County commissioners have given their blessing to plans for the valley’s first Muslim cemetery. Before decision, the commission heard residents of neighborhood who said they don’t want to live near a cemetery, in spite of its religious affiliation. Dr. Haikal said local Muslims needs a burial place of their own where they can practice traditional and Islamic funeral rites that call for the dead to be washed, wrapped in plain white cloth and buried as quickly as possible facing Mecca in a grave with no casket and only modest markings. When the cemetery is completed; it will be a good neighbor. Dr. Aslam Abdullah, Head of the Islamic Society of Nevada also said that an earlier effort by Muslim community to build a Muslim cemetery in the northeast valley in 2012 ended with a fire at the construction area, which he believes was intentionally set and considers it as a hate crime since the reason of the fire was never determined. More than 12,000 Muslims live in the region and no dedicated cemetery for the community..

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