Repatriation of the deceased

It must be understood that Islam emphasises that the dead be buried as soon as possible regardless of the land they may be in, unless there may be fear of the desecration of their bodies. To delay the burial just so that the deceased may be buried in another country is causing unnecessary pain to the dead person. Whenever the Companions (Sahabah) would die in far off lands, they would rarely if ever be transported back to their homelands, even though in their case they came from the best places in the world i.e. Macca and Medinah. Thus we find their graves scattered all over the world in a plethora of distant places where they had gone to spread God’s message. UKAMC&CC can facilitate burials abroad, through third party which includes embalming certificate (the art and science of preserving human remains by treating them to forestall decomposition that is required and can only be issued by authorised funeral directors.

Embalming Certificate is mandatory for transportation of the dead abroad.

There is usually always a payment fee both for UK and abroad burials, for e.g in the UK the place for burial (land) is always payable, and for abroad burials there are transport charges, how much it depends, and there is no fixed fee.

For the elders, the sick person or people on welfare benefits there might be discounts, or some of the expenses towards burial service might be covered / reimbursed by the Department for Work and Pension (DWP, sometime also known as the Social Security or the Job Centre).

For more information please speak to our Imam Zymer Salihi or Imam Bahri Bojaj.