When a death occurs in a family, the Jamaat through its Mayyat Committee takes the responsibility of organising the funeral.

Services provided by the Mayyat Committee include transporting the Mayyat to Hujjat Imambara-Stanmore, Ghusal, Kafan, Dafan and Siyaka Majlis/Niyaz.

Please note that the family will need to obtain the burial certificate before the burial can take place.

If the deceased is part of the Burial Fund, the fund will take care of the bulk of expenses. However, please note that there are certain expenses that are not covered by the Burial Fund, for example, if the Mayyat has to be moved to a funeral director the cost of transfer and storage of the Mayyat is not covered by the Burial Fund.

If the deceased is not an active member of the Burial Fund, the Burial Fund will not cover the cost of the burial and related expenses.

Point of contact

As soon as death has occurred, please inform the Jamaat Office on 020 8954 6247 during office hours or on 020 8385 7817 when the Jamaat Office is closed. Alternatively, please contact Shabbir bhai Kassam on 07776208890 or Reza bhai Jessa on 07973 510940 or Taslim bai Giga 07947 118988. Information required when phoning the Jamaat Office:

  1. Name of the deceased, with correct spelling (as registered at the hospital)
  2. Age, Date of Birth, Residential Address and Telephone Number
  3. Name, Address and Telephone Number of Next of Kin and relationship to the deceased
  4. Cause and place of death
  5. Contact telephone number of the member of the family coordinating the funeral arrangements
  6. Your choice of cemetery (Brookwood, Carpenders Park, North Watford, or Woodcock Hill).

Death certificate

You are required to obtain two certificates (Death Certificate and Burial Certificate – green certificate) without which no burial can take place.

If death takes place at home

Phone the GP, who in turn will either issue a Medical Certificate of Death or may refer the case to a Coroner.

If Death occurs when the GP is closed, please ring 111. The 111 doctor will confirm the death and provide a ‘confirmation of death’ letter. You will still need a Medical Certificate of Death from your GP, before you can register death and get a burial Certificate and Death Certificate.

For sudden or unexpected death please ring 999.

If the death takes place in hospital – then the Resident Doctor will issue a a Medical Certificate of Death or may refer to a Coroner.

If the case is referred to a Coroner – the Coroner will carry out all the necessary investigations and will then issue a a Medical Certificate of Death or will carry out a post mortem and will then issue  a Medical Certificate of Death. Please note, that if the Coroner decides to do a post mortem, then you have no chance of dissuading the Coroner. It is better if you request the Coroner to carry it out as soon as possible.

Alternative to a Post Mortem you can request for MRI scan (There is charge for it which the family have to bear and is not covered by the Burial Fund).

Burial certificate

On obtaining the  Medical Certificate of Death, take it to the Registrar nearest to the Hospital (check with the Hospital) and register the death. The Registrar will then issue a green coloured Burial Certificate (burial can only take place after you have obtained the Burial Certificate).

If a death has taken place in a hospital, sometimes a Registrar in the hospital issues a white coloured Burial Certificate. Alternatively, you may have to register with the borough where the hospital is situated.

It is essential that you bring both the Death Certificate and the Burial Certificate to the Jamaat Office before the burial can take place.

Burial Time

Mayyat committee will arrange for the Mayyat to be brought to the Imambara. Please bear with the Mayyat Committee, as they will not be able to bring the Mayyat to the centre unless the burial certificate has been issued and a burial slot has been allocated. We do not have an appropriate freezer facility to keep the body at the centre.

The timing of Burial will be confirmed after discussion with the family and the availability of a slot at the family’s chosen cemetery. After Namaz janaza, the gents would accompany the janaza to the cemetery, whilst the ladies stay behind at the centre. When the Gents return to the centre (between 1 and half hours to 3 hours, depending on the location of the cemetery), the Ziarat Majlis takes place at the centre.

Please do let the Mayyat Committee know if you want any of your relatives to recite, Quran, Yasin or Talqeen.

Cemetery Addresses
Brookwood Glades House, Cemetery Pales, Brookwood, Woking, Surrey GU24 0BL Northwood Woodcock Hill Cemetery, Shrubs Lane, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 1PD
Carpenders Park Lawn Cemetery, Oxhey Lane, Carpenders Park, Watford, Hertfordshire WD19 5RI Watford North Watford Cemetery, North Western Avenue Watford, Hertfordshire WD25 0AW