By A Staff Writer
Bengaluru: Foundation stone was laid for the fencing wall of the Muslim graveyard for South Bengaluru on January 12. The graveyard will come up on six-acre land which has been acquired. The trustees of the Bismillah Eidgah and Graveyard who initiated the project two years ago, have collected Rs. 1.40 crore and paid the same to the previous owners of the land. Another two-acre parcel of adjacent land has been donated by trustee Syed Noorul Ameen and his brother. Efforts are on to purchase another four-acre plot of land in order that the graveyard could come up on 12 acres of land. The graveyard will have a mosque, modern facilities for funeral preparation and ablution centre for participants.
Laying the foundation of the fencing wall, Maulana Mufti Ashraf Ali advised the people to avoid making pucca graves and placing gravestones. He said extreme simplicity should be observed while interring the dead as was the custom in Makkah and Madinah. He asked the users of the facility not to reserve spaces for the individuals and families as it was against the spirit of Islam. He asked the management trustees to divide the graveyard in several blocks and begin the use from first block. As all the blocks get filled up, the first block should be reused. Mufti Iftikhar Qasimi of Jamiatul Ulema Hind also endorsed the view.
A participant in the function, Syed Niaz Ahmed announced dedicating his house in Jayanagar as waqf for the Trust after his death as he did not have any offspring. Trust Secretary Syed Tahsin Ahmed proposed a vote of thanks.