Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Serene Muslim Graveyard

Posted by Hashim Abd Ghani On 12:52 AM

The Minister of the Malaysian Prime Minister Department, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharum came up with an idea to eliminate the desolate, grim and gruesome image and environment of the Muslim graveyards  by introducing the concept of ‘Sakinah Raudhatul’ (Serene Garden). The aim of upgrading the ‘graveyard in the garden’ gave a new and positive perception of a modern Muslim burial ground.

When the soul departs from the body and no longer alive, the bodies will be buried after bathing, prayed and shrouded. This action coincides with the hadith of Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah SAW said, meaning: "no delays with (management) remains”.

Human body through funeral rites must be respected even if the body was dead and buried. Why there are impression arise of graveyards associated with horror atmosphere, dark and filled shrubbery? This do not actually reflect the image of Islam itself as a piece of hadith of the Messenger of Allah SAW that "cleanliness is part of faith."

Accordingly, the Islamic Federal Territory Religious Council as the trustee responsible for the care of all graveyards in the Federal Territory, while the Federal Territory Religious Department (JAWI) as the implementing body to take the initiative to implement the project to upgrade the graveyard in the capital city.

These graveyards were beautified with landscape art, built facility walkways, equipped with the serial number of burial plots and lighting lamps at night. The following graveyards have created the first model is fully operated by JAWI :

a. “Sakinah Raudhatul” Kuala Lumpur - Karak.
b.”Sakinah Raudhatul” Bukit Kiara 1.
c. “Sakinah Raudhatu”l Bukit Kiara 2.

According to the concept of a graveyard ‘Sakinah Raudhatul’  were broken down into three elements:

a. Burial sites - 80%.
b. Pedestrians lanes - 14%.
c. Infrastructure - 6%.

There are daily recitation of the Qur'an from 0730 am to 0730 pm within the area surrounded by shady trees, fragrant and colorful  flowers.  No more stigma and fear creeps toward the graveyards.

The notion of a graveyard as the shrubbery does not arise again following the introduction of a “graveyard in the garden”.


Ref :
a.       www.epusara.jawi.gov.my/
b.      Utusan Malaysia – 30 Nov 12.



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