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.”