In a bid to ensure Muslims get proper burial rites that conform with the tenets of Islam, the Lagos State Secretariat Community Central Mosque has unveiled a modern Janazah bay, a facility for washing corpses in the state before burial.
The rite of washing corpse called Gusl Janazah is compulsory ritual purification for all dead Muslims before burial except the martyred Muslims.
According to the mosque, the facility has been constructed to ensure that the dead Muslims get a befitting full-body ritual purification process that conform with the provisions of the Holy Quran and saying of the Prophet (PBUH).
The Mosque has also disclosed plans to acquire an expanse of land around Odonguyan axis of Ikorodu Local Government that would serve as cemetery for Muslims in Lagos.
Addressing pressmen during the commissioning ceremony, the chairman of the Mosque committee, Dr. Tajudeen Afolabi, said the mosque had embarked upon the project to ensure that deceased Muslims are buried as stipulated by the sharia. He added that the facility would often be opened on 24-hour basis, assuring that ‘no bureaucracy is attached’.
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Also, the Vice Chairman of the mosque, Alh. Adekunle Balogun, stated that the facility was constructed to conform with the best international standard and has the capacity to serve the ummah.
Balogun added that 15 staff including females have been trained to carry out the purification exercise for the deceased, saying the training is funded by the mosque to ensure that deceased Muslims get proper cleaning before burial.