Opening doors to partnerships

2019-04-23 06:00
Ebrahim Solomon and Mogamat Zain

Ebrahim Solomon and Mogamat Zain

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Western Cape Muslim Undertakers Forum held a free networking session to open doors to meaningful partnerships and community building at Darul Islam Boys’ High in Surrey Estate on Saturday 13 April.

The meeting which was called by the forum was to cultivate good working relations with other departments like Parks and Recreation, Forensics, Department of Health, department of Home Affairs, department of Environmental Health, Muslim Cemetery Boards and the police, among others.

The forum was established in 2017 and it is the amalgamation of Muslim death registrars, burial societies and hearse drivers, just to mention a few.

The reason for their collaboration, according to the forum’s chairperson, Ebrahim Solomon, was due to the Muslim burial fraternity being in “shambles” and there was no control. “There were a lot of problems and there were issues with the release of bodies, there was just no order hence this forum.”

Solomon says the idea was to get everyone in one team and get a solid way forward on how they can structure the forum and how best they can work with other departments.

“We wanted to let people in, in what we do as well as to open doors to meaningful partnerships when it comes to the after life care. Some of us have been doing it for decades and we still struggle to work with some departments. The event was very successful and there were various speakers that were sharing from their wealth of knowledge,” Solomon said.

He adds that what called for the meeting was that a lot of the Muslim community didn’t know where exactly to run to should they have a problem when someone dies. “Most people still call the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC). This is just a religious body, they will not help with the afterlife. Our call to people is that come to us and we will help you as we are the body that will be handling all the death issues,” he says.

Some of the issues that came forth in the meeting were safety concerns and choosing burial sites. Solomon says some of the speakers opened their eyes. “Because we want to bury within a day we end up at grave sites at dark which also threatens our safety; with others being robbed of their equipment. We will be looking at ways of improving that and ensuring that we don’t do things at night,” he says.

In conclusion, Solomon says they are willing to work around some issues but what they want to make very clear is that they will do their utmost best to bury within a day and the officials must also know that though they can compromise on this, they are not like other religions where they can go for about a week without burial.V For more information call 072 827 0983.

Western Cape Muslim Undertakers Forum held a free networking session to open doors to meaningful partnerships and community building at Darul Islam Boys’ High in Surrey Estate on Saturday 13 April.

The meeting which was called by the forum was to cultivate good working relations with other departments like Parks and Recreation, Forensics, Department of Health, Department of Home Affairs, department of Environmental Health, Muslim cemetery boards and the police, among others.

The forum was established in 2017 and it is the amalgamation of Muslim death registrars, burial society and hearse drivers, just to mention a few.

The reason for their collaboration, according to the forum’s chairperson, Ebrahim Solomons, was due to the Muslim burial fraternity that was in shambles and there was no control. “There were a lot of problems and there were issues with the release of bodies, there was just no order hence this forum.”

Solomons says the idea was to get everyone in one team and get a solid way forward on how they can structure the forum and how best they can work with other departments.

“We wanted to let people in, in what we do as well as to open doors to meaningful partnerships when it comes to the after life care. Some of us have been doing it for decades and we still struggle to work with some departments. The event was very successful and there were various speakers that were sharing from their wealth of knowledge,” Solomons said.

He adds that what called for the meeting was that a lot of the Muslim community didn’t know where exactly to run to should they have a problem when someone dies. “Most people still call the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC). This is just a religious body, they will not help with the afterlife. Our call to people is that come to us and we will help you as we are the body that will be handling all the death issues,” he says.

Some of the issues that came forth in the meeting were safety concerns and choosing burial sites. Solomons says some of the speakers opened their eyes.

“Because we want to bury within a day we end up at graves sites at dark which also threatens our safety; with others being robbed of their equipment. We will be looking at ways of improving that and ensuring that we don’t do things at night,” he says.

In conclusion, Solomons says they are willing to work around some issues but what they want to make very clear is that they will do their utmost best to bury within a day and the officials must also know that though they can compromise on this, they are not like other religions where they can go for about a week without burial.V For more information call 072 827 0983.

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