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Mosque in bid to create new body chilling room

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 01, 2013

28/02/13 Mosque pic - The Jamie Hanifa Ghosia Mosque, Princess Street, Burton The Jamie Hanifa Ghosia Mosque, Princess Street, Burton

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THE creation of a body chilling room at a Burton mosque will ensure that the dead are treated in the correct manner in keeping with Muslim beliefs, its chairman has said.

The Jamie Hanifa Ghosia Mosque has applied to create an extension at the building in Princess Street to be used to store bodies prior to burial.

Should the mosque be granted permission, the room will be created at the back of the building, where bodies would be delivered to be prepared before funerals.

Karamat Hussain, chairman at the mosque, said the move had been taken in an attempt to bring the mosque more in keeping with the traditions of Muslim culture.

He also said that he did not anticipate any public backlash from residents living nearby.

Mr Hussain said: “It is a common thing, all the big mosques have them. I came onto the committee in 2010 and we wanted the bodies to be treated as ‘Islamically’ as possible. They need to be kept for a couple of days while they are prepared and people pay their respects.

“When a person dies in hospital, we want to be able to take it from there, and keep them in as safe a place as possible.

“There will be nothing out the front on the footpath, people aren’t going to walk past, so I don’t see any problem or confusion. Bodies being delivered won’t be an every day thing.”

A statement on behalf of the applicant submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council read: “The proposed extension is a simple 2.3 metre long by 1.2 metre wide single storey structure to be created within a recessed area off an entry road from the footpath of Princess Street to the rear of the property. It is 2.4 metres high and is only visible from the rear and even then it is sited down an 8 metre recess.

“It is essentially a three-tier fridge which will hold a maximum of three bodies at any time. In accordance with religious customs, the body of the diseased will be brought to the adjoining mosque for final preparation prior to cremation or burial.”

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  • twilliams  |  March 06 2013, 2:33PM

    @squigglefish you're a cretin

  • Burhan  |  March 04 2013, 9:46AM

    Please don't bring hatred and rascism in all this. yes there're thugs and low-life individuals in all communities but holding the entrie community responsible for actions of few is not justified. Police may have been slow to deal with the specific issue, but aren't they just a bit slow in all cases.

  • Burhan  |  March 04 2013, 9:43AM

    @susanB - Please get your facts before making big statements. It's got nothing to do with hospital. Bodies are passed to funeral directors such as co-op etc once its passed from the hospital. These funeral directors charge a lot of money. Mosque tends to provide this service free of charge as a package to the members of the mosque. simple

  • BurtonResident  |  March 01 2013, 7:24PM

    @squigglefish the patrons of princess st mosque are all over 50.... If they are causing trouble to residents i.e. 'muslim only area' then there is something wrong.... LOL @susanb this has nothing to do with hospitals. The body stays in the hospital mortuary till the post mortem and other formalities are complete. (In most cases a day or two) then the funeral directors take over. The proposal is so the mosque takes over the role of funeral director.

  • SusanB  |  March 01 2013, 4:46PM

    Why not go one step further and let the Muslims build their own hospital? I mean, how come they are happy to have British hospitals provide free care but when a death occurs they are not good enough. Go ahead, build a hospital, include a chilling room, fund it yourselves and then everyone will be happy.

  • squigglefish  |  March 01 2013, 2:40PM

    Lol ok i could have worded it better however the point is still valid. If i was as suggested a hater or Racist then i would have called for the closure of all mosques however I now live within a stones throw of Uxbridge street mosque and have never had a problem even after friday prayers. We have more of a problem with street drinking in the area than trouble with the mosque. However Patrons of the princess street mosque Do cause a nuisence to the local residents and have done for a long time. As for telling the police that in Burton is a complete waste of time. In the past few years we have reported trouble assults and so on to the police. The people involved had a string of 70 complaints against them (according to the police) but the police were not interested in doing anything until one of them threw a brick at a police officer. Only then did the police come to our door months after we had reported it and asked if we would give a statement. By this time we had sorted it out ourselves.

  • Ratbag2  |  March 01 2013, 11:19AM

    @Politiks Why should anybody be forced to move because of a few low-life in the area?

  • Politiks  |  March 01 2013, 11:07AM

    Lol if you don't like where you live.... Move!! SIMPLE!

  • Ratbag2  |  March 01 2013, 10:49AM

    @burhan - Incidences like the example squigglefish has mentioned, DO get reported to the police. Whether or not the police do their job is a different matter. People get disheartened when it seems that nothing is being done. The police do not keep you updated, you have to constantly ring them to find out any progress. This has happened to me, and after approximately 6 weeks later, my complaint still hadn't been dealt with.

  • BurtonResident  |  March 01 2013, 10:33AM

    @squigglefish You cant label a whole community based on the actions of a few thugs! Yes they are thugs if what you alledge is true then you should notify the police. There is a learning centre right next to the mosque where people from all races and religions attend classes/courses to improve their skills. If there are thuggery issues then why is this centre still open? As stated the small room is to be located at the back of the mosque so as a resident you wont even see it! From your term 'bulldozer' I can understand your views. @squigglefish stop being a hater.