Islamic grave approval bid

By LYNDAL GAWEN ? IF A request from the Rockhampton Islamic Society goes through council, Rockhampton could have Queensland's second Islamic graveyard.

President of the Islamic Society, Saleh Wasimi, placed a requested with the parks and recreation department for a Muslim section in the Memorial Gardens on April 14.

"Our needs are a little special to what you currently have,'' Mr Wasimi said, and would ultimately mean a section of Memorial Gardens being cornered off.

Walking on graves is not only a sign of disrespect in Muslim tradition, but is also one that could cause injury to unsuspecting walkers.

"We need pathways to make sure people don't walk over graves,'' Mr Wasimi said.

Part of the burial tradition of Muslims includes dressing their deceased in white, and laying them directly in a grave with their head facing north and their right side facing west.

Each grave is not necessarily six feet deep as in Christian tradition, and a cavity is created within the grave so the deceased person is able to sit up.

Mr Wasimi said bamboo is used to create the cavity which eventually rots and falls in.

Rockhampton has a Muslim population of 62 adults registered as members with the Islamic Society and is growing through the university and hospital intake.



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