Funeral Services

Leeds Swahili Funeral Support

Leeds Swahili Cultural Community Funeral Support Scheme is a contributory scheme initiated by LSCC. The scheme was established in 2008 by LSCC’s members after facing difficulties in paying off funeral costs. The average cost of a funeral in the UK is estimated to be around £3,000.00, which may come as shock to some people at the time when it is required to bury our loved ones. Death is a subject that most people do not like to think about but we as a Muslims, should be aware of and ensure we are prepared for. Most of time, the funeral can leave families suffering from severe unexpected financial hardship and a lack of information as to the correct procedures that need to be followed to ensure that burial is carried out in a suitable manners at a time when those involved are already suffering from emotional distress.

The main objectives of this scheme is to provide all the necessary help required in arranging and making sure that the deceased body will be taken care according to the correct Islamic principles and also supporting remaining family members and relatives.

Abu Hurrayrah (Radhiya Allahu ‘Anhu) narrated I heard the Prophet of Allah (Swalla’Allahu alayhi wasallam)    saying “The rights of the Muslim on the Muslims are to follow the funeral processions, to accept invitation and to reply the sneeze”

Funeral  Scheme Benefits

  • Full support and help for the deceased family from the time of death to the point of burial and beyond.
  • Ensuring the body is washed /cleaned, shrouded, performed the funeral prayer and finally buried according to Islamic procedures.
  • To support full cost of funeral including transportation, storage and any other unforeseen circumstances.
  • Counselling services before, during and after burial to the family/relatives of the deceased.

The scheme is available to all registered members of Leeds Swahili Cultural Community in Leeds. There are various schemes similar to this; the main feature that distinguishes our Scheme from others is that, Leeds Swahili Cultural Community Funeral Support and Bereavement scheme is running completely under Islamic guidelines and also interest free. The scheme, however, does not provide any help with overseas transportation of bodies, medical costs or help with inheritance procedures.

Leeds Swahili Cultural Community Funeral Support scheme`s membership is based on donation of £5 a month or £60 per year per household by either direct debit or cash. Contributions can be made monthly, quarterly or annually. If two families live in one house, both families have to donate separately. Any members who fail to contribute for three months consecutively you will be disqualified from any support which entitled to the members. The scheme does not condone or recommend the use of, tombstone, flowers or other grave decorations, food or other refreshments.

For further information and how to join the scheme please us using the details provided below. Application forms need to be registered by the head of the house hold and listing the names of households and dependants.


Future Plans

Once we acquire our own Premises the Community is looking forward with the following: 

Insha Allah funeral prayer services (Janāzah) will be held at the Centre and can be arranged via the main office. We will conduct the preparation of bodies for funerals/burials and the coffin and have all the facilities to wash the deceased or maintain their cadaver in cold storage. The Centre Insha Allah will ensures that the service aspect of a funeral is carried out as best as possible before the departed is taken to the graveyard.

  • Full Catering services.
  • Sitting Halls (Separate for men & women).
  • Very reasonable charges.
  • Huge car parking facilities.
  • Easily accessible from all parts of the city.
  • Round the clock 24 Hour-Reliable service.
  • Washing & Storage Facilities.
  • ‘Khatams’ & ‘Kuls’ facilities – free of charge – donations welcome to the mosque.
  • Round the clock 24 Hour-Reliable service

Our funeral services will include all below:Taking body from home or hospital to funeral services

  • Getting cause of death/disease free certificate from GP or hospital
  • Getting death certificate from the registration office
  • Obtaining Corner’s report for sending bodies abroad
  • Transportation from home to mortuary – cemetery or airport
  • Assisting in travelling arrangements