Every soul shall taste death


Death is inevitable and an essential part of our life. One may face death at any time be in a hospital when one is ill or in the park all of a sudden. This paper outlines the administrative requirements when a death occurs in the family/community.

When death occurs in a family, arrangements and assistance are provided (contact details below) voluntarily, after obtaining permission from the guardian, for transporting the Mayyit to the Al Mahdi Centre, Ghusl, Kafan, Hunoot, Salat al-Mayyit, Burial and Majlis/Support after burial.

The family however needs to arrange the obtaining of the Death and Burial Certificates (Guidelines below). Assistance and advice can also be provided by
Mu'mineen listed below.

Wessex Jamaat is a Shia organisation so all Ghusl/Kafan and Burial is done based on Shia Islamic rulings. Please note that there is no guarantee of a burial plot of the Marhum's preferred choice in their will.

Who to contact:

As soon as a death has occurred, please inform the following:

  • Wessex Jamaat Ghusl and Kafan Coordinator Brother Hamid Samiy on 07976727761, who will assist with funeral related advice, provide guidance with regards to the obtaining of Death and Burial Certificates, organisation of burial plots etc.
  • The Jamaat Office or the Hon Secretary on 01329842742 for announcement of death, funeral and majlis programme

Obtaining the Certificates and Legal Formalities

There are two certificates (The Death Certificate and the Burial Certificate) that need to be legally obtained by the family of the deceased before the Ghusl/Kafan/Dafan formalities can take place.

1. Death Certificate

[Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD)]

If the death takes place at home, then phone the GP, who in turn will either issue a Cause of Death Certificate or may refer the case to the Coroner

If the death takes place in hospital, then the Resident Care Doctor will issue the Cause of Death Certificate or may refer the case to the Coroner

If the case is referred to a Coroner, he will carry out all the necessary investigations and will then issue a Cause of Death Certificate or will carry out a post mortem and will then issue a Cause of Death Certificate. Please note, that if he decides to do a post mortem, then you have no chance of dissuading him. It is better if you request him to carry it out as soon as possible.

All communications to the Coroner can be assisted and are carried out by Brother Taki Jaffer who can be contacted on 07710 604657. If asked which funeral directors, reply SEARSONS in Portsmouth.

2. Burial Certificate

After obtaining the Death Certificate, a relative of the deceased should take it to one of the following Register Office, depending upon where the death took place, and register the death.


Milldam House, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, PO1 3AF (Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Phone 02392 756597)

Opening hours are Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm. For emergencies outside normal opening hours on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, phone 02392 822251.


4-8 Osborn Road South, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7DG (Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Phone: 01329 280493 / 0845 603 5637). Appointments can be done between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 4pm on Saturday.


The Register Office, 6a Bugle Street, Southampton, SO14 2LX (Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Phone 02380 915327). If you need to contact a registrar outside office hours regarding a funeral to comply with specific religious requirements, please call 02380 233344.

The registrar will need the following information/items about the person who has died:

  • The medical certificate of cause of death issued by the doctor treating
  • Date and place of both birth and death
  • First name or names and surname, and the maiden surname if relevant
  • Any other names the person was known as or had previously been known by
  • Occupation
  • Usual address
  • If married or widowed, their partner's full name, date of birth and occupation
  • If retired, the last or main occupation before retirement
  • A fee of £4 for buying death certificates.
  • The deceased person's birth certificate or passport (if available) can be helpful.

The Registrar will then issue a green coloured Burial Certificate. Burial can only take place after you have obtained the Burial Certificate. You must then take this to the hospital so that the Mayyit can be released.

The Burial Certificate will be required by the Jamaat Burial Coordinator in order to obtain a burial plot. The Jamaat will also arrange to collect the Mayyit and bring it to the Al Mahdi Centre for Ghusl and Kafan. Salaat al-Mayyit is recited after Ghusl/Kafan and the Mayyit is then taken to the cemetery for burial. The Jamaat arranges for the Salat as well as transport to the cemetery. Burial can take 1.5-3 hours after which there's Ziyarat Majlis at the Al Mahdi Centre.

Costs and Expenses

Wessex Jamaat does not charge for any services or work done by volunteers. The only fees payable are for:

  1. Kafan
  2. Coffin
  3. Transport by Funeral Directors
  4. Grave and interment by Fareham Council

Normal expenses for someone living in Fareham area, and depending on transport requirements is approximately £1200-£2000.

Please note that Fareham Council charges double for anyone who lives outside of Fareham area.

Click here for information on the Burial Fund Program and to join the Burial Scheme

Click here for a simplified flowchart of the information above