"Everyone shall taste death" (Qur’an, 3:185)
The following information has been put together so that families are aware of what to do and who to contact in the event of their loved one passing or being close to death's door. The Islamic Foundation of Ireland deals with the burial arrangements, and transport (upon request). The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland deals with the washing and shrouding. Funeral prayers are performed here at the ICCI, but can also be prayed in the IFI.
Transport of the Deceased
This is done using undertaker's transport services. The one generally used by the Islamic Foundation of Ireland is Rom Massey & Sons who are based in Dolphin's Barn. Families can choose a different undertakers for transport if they so wish. The cost of transport by undertakers starts at €250.
The Washing and Shrouding Process
The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland facilitates the washing and shrouding of deceased Muslims. There is no cost for this.
Islam respects the person in life and in death. When a Muslim dies, Islam commands us to bathe, perfume and wrap him/her in a shroud. Muslims are duty bound to ensure the place where the body will be received is clean.
The deceased is transported to the small mortuary on the ICCI premises by the undertakers. Here the deceased is washed with great care, maintaining the decency and respect of person throughout the entire procedure. Once dried, the deceased is perfumed and wrapped in a shroud. No other garments or jewelry of any kind are left on the body. It is obligatory for men to wash/shroud men and women to wash/shroud women.
Once shrouded, the deceased is then placed in a coffin (for ease of transport) and brought to a room alongside the prayer hall for family/friends to view. [This is done upon request only]. The deceased is then brought to the larger prayer hall for the funeral prayer, or alternatively, the deceased may be transported to another mosque for the funeral prayer.
Note: Where a family makes the decision for their loved one to be repatriated, the body must be embalmed by law. This is done at the undertaker's facilities. The washing and shrouding takes place at the Centre, after the embalming process.
The Burial, Grave and Positioning of Deceased
Each person is buried in their own individual grave. The Islamic Foundation of Ireland takes care of the burial arrangements. To purchase and open a new grave, families must contact Mudafar Al-Tawash at the IFI. He will also provide the information regarding the time of the burial.
Cost of grave:
- €1520 (Adult)
- €100 (Baby and child up to 6 years old)
Cost for opening the grave:
- €450 (Adult)
- €150 (Baby and child up to 6 years old)
Payments for the above are made to the Islamic Foundation of Ireland.
The cemetery requires 24 hours to open a grave and the following information needs to be given to Mudafar to make the necessary arrangements:
- Name and address of the deceased.
- Date of birth
- Date of death.
- Marital status.
- Next of kin name, address and contact number.
After the funeral the deceased is transported to his/her resting place in a coffin. Once at the graveside the shrouded body is removed from the coffin and laid to rest within the grave. The deceased is placed facing Mecca. The burial is speedy as with Islamic requirement and the mourners stand to offer special dua (supplication) to Allah for the deceased.
We seek forgiveness for our brother/sister, we ask for steadfastness for them, for he/she is being questioned.
Condolences may be given to the family after the burial.
Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland
Tel: 01 208 0000 or email
Islamic Foundation of Ireland
Tel: 01 453 3242 or email