In the event of a Muslim’s death in the San Francisco Bay Area, please contact Imam Siraj Desai at 510-943-9600. Imam Siraj is affiliated with the Islamic Society of East Bay (ISEB), which provides funeral services and arrangements.

The MCC East Bay does not have its own mortuary services. We provide only advice to families needing direction for burial and financial assistance for the funeral and burial of indigent Muslims in the Bay Area. The Burial Assistance application is here. Questions? Aminah Abdullah at 925-264-9297 or burial@mcceastbay.org.

When MCC covers the funeral/burial cost, we work closely with the (ISEB), which has a body storage facility and a team of male and female volunteers to perform the washing (ghusl) and we also arrange burial at the Five Pillars Farm Cemetery in Livermore, CA. The ISEB and Five Pillars Farms are separate entities from the MCC.

INSTRUCTIONS: FOR FUNERAL AT ISEB & BURIAL AT FIVE PILLARS CEMETERY

The ISEB has contracted with Khan Funeral Home to provide the following:

  1. Arrange for removal of the deceased
  2. Transport the deceased to the Mosque
  3. Obtain required legal documents to allow for the burial of the deceased
  4. Transport the deceased to the final resting place
  5. Provide death certificate
  6. For unnatural death, work with the local coroner’s office
  7. Embalm in unusual case

In order to start the funeral process after death occurs (including authorization to Khan Funeral Home to transport the body from the place of death to ISEB), please download the Khan Funeral Home app to your Smartphone complete:

For any questions or details about the funeral process, please visit this page or contact these individuals at ISEB:
  1. Imam Siraj Desai at (510) 943 9600
  2. Br. Abdur Rehman at (510) 366 5205
  3. Sr. Rehana Markar at (510) 683 9701

Here are other individuals:

  1. Zaki Khan (Five Pillars Farm) at (510) 517-8397
  2. Abdel Elkadi (Muslim Community Association (MCA) at (408) 794-9440

The cost for an adult burial in the Bay Area is about $7,500:

  1. Hearse transport within the Bay Area (based on mileage to retrieve the body) to bring body to ISEB and later to Five Pillars Cemetery, a burial permit and a death certificate: $1,800 – $2,500 (Khan Funeral Home)
  2. Body storage in a cold room, washing and shrouding the body, and performing the Islamic last rites (Salat al-Janazah): $500.00 (Islamic Society of East Bay)
  3. Adult plot purchase and opening/closing grave plot: $4,900 (Five Pillars Cemetery)

Resources: A Guide for the Muslim Funeral