6940 SW Hall Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97008
Phone: 503-526.9305

The Muslim Cemetery of Portland project represents far more than at first may be apparent. The Islamic Center of Portland strongly believes that the development of this facility will serve as an important regional anchor for our religious community. In creating a place of permanent rest dedicated exclusively for Muslims, the identity of Muslims in Portland Metropolitan area and South west Washington state area will be sustained.

The Muslim Cemetery of Portland (MCOP) is an All Muslim burial place. It is a subsidiary of the Islamic Center of Portland (ICOP). ICOP is a non-profit organization registered with the State of Oregon and IRS under (501) (c) (3) for non-profit exemption. Its facilities and licenses belong to The Islamic Center of Portland. The cemetery is run and managed by members of the Board of Founders and the Board of Cemetery officers. The present Board volunteered to serve temporarily for the time being until the cemetery is done completely from its entire plan.

  • What You Should Do Just Before Death

  • Foreward

    Death is a reality in which all human beings believe. However, it is also a reality which most of us like to keep out of our minds.

    In Islam, death is not an end to our existence; it is a passage, which takes us from this world to the hereafter – the actual purpose for our creation and the result of our work in this life. Whether we fear death or not depends on how much we have prepared for the reckoning of the Day of Judgement.

    Preparing for death is a lifetime’s job. It begins on the day you reach the age of bulugh and are held accountable for your deeds in the eyes of Almighty Allah. Imam ‘Ali bin Abu Talib (a.s.) has beautifully described the preparation for death as follows: “Fulfilling the obligations, refraining from forbidden [things, and acquiring noble character.”

    In this article, I have attempted to present some of the things which all believers are either required or strongly urged to do just before death by the shari’ah.

  • In Preparation for Death

    Before death, try your best to fulfil the obligations, which are upon you in regard to the creatures as well as the Creator

    • Return to the owners whatever has been given to you as a trust or write it down in your will so that the executor of your will shall return the trust to its rightful owner.
    • In Islam, you are allowed to dispose up to one-third of your estate for whomsoever or whatever cause you like. As for the two thirds, it must be distributed among your heirs according to the shares allocated for them in the shari’ah.
    • Make a will in writing or verbally about those religious obligations which you could not fulfil by yourself and which cannot be done on your behalf by others except after your death: the qadha prayers, fasting and pilgrimage (hajj), etc. You should specify the amount from the one-third of your estate to be used to hire people to do such deeds. If you cannot afford this, then you may request your heirs to do unfulfilled rituals on your behalf voluntarily or pay someone else to do so.
    • It is also recommended, if your financial circumstances allow you, to include your deserving relations in the one-third of your estate.
    • It is recommended to forgive your brethren in iman for whatever wrong they may have done to you. On the other hand, you should ask your brethren in iman to forgive you for the intentional and unintentional wrong you may have done to them.
  • At The Time of Death

    When death approaches you, it is wajib on you to lie down on your back in such a way that the soles of your feet face the qiblah (direction of Mecca). Or you may turn your bed in such a way that your soles will face the qiblah. If you cannot do so yourself, then it is wajib on those who are with you to help you.

    It is recommended to say by yourself or repeat after someone else the declaration of faith and statement of faraj.

    The declaration of faith:

    It is a declaration in which you reconfirm your belief in Allah, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.), the twelve Imams (a.s.), the Qu’ran, and the Day of Judgement.

    This may be done as follows:
    Radhitbu bil-lahi Rabban;
    Wa bi Muhammadin (sal-lal-lahu ‘alayhi wa alihi) nabiyyan;
    Wa bil Islami dinan;
    Wa bil Qur’ani kitaban;
    Wa bil Ka’bati qiblatan;
    Wa bi’ Aliyyan waliyyan wa imaman;
    Wa bil Hasan, wal Husayn, wa ‘Aliy-yib nil Husayn;
    Wa Muhammad bin ‘Aliyyan,
    Wa Jafar ibn Muhammadin;
    Wa Musa ibn Ja’farin, wa ‘Ali yibn Musa;
    Wa Muhammad ibn Aliyyin; wa Ali yibn Muhammadin;
    Wal Hasan ibn ‘Aliyyin; wal Hujjat ibnil Hasan
    (salawatul-lahi ‘alayhim) aimmatan wa sadatan wa qadatan;
    Bi him atawalla, wa min a’da’ihim ata-barra
    Wa an-nas sa’ata atiyatun la rayba fiha;
    Wa annal-laha yab’athu man fil qubur;
    Wa annal hisaba haqqun; wa annal jannata haqqun;
    Wa annan nar haqqun

    I have accepted Allah as the Lord, Muhammad (s.a.w.) as the Prophet, Islam as the religion, the Qur’an as the Book [of God, the Ka’bah as the qiblah.

    And [I accept ‘Ali as the waliy [of Allah and [my Imam; and Hassan, Hussein, ‘Ali ibn Hussein, Muhammad ibn ‘Ali, Ja’far ibn Muhammad, Musa ibn Ja’far, ‘Ali ibn Musa, Muhammad ibn ‘Ali, ‘Ali ibn Muhammad, Hassan ibn ‘Ali, and al-Hujat ibn al-Hassan (a.s.) as Imams, leaders and guides – I declare my love for them and declare my disassociation with their enemies.

    And [I believe that surely the Hour [of Doom will come in which there is no doubt; and that Allah will resurrect all those who are in their graves. And [I believe that the reckoning [of our deeds is the truth; the Paradise is the truth and that the Hell is the truth.

  • The statement of faraj is to be recited as follows:

    La ilahah il-lal lahu Halimul Karim;
    La ilaha il-lal lahu ‘Aliyyul ‘Azim;
    Subhana ‘l-laha Rabbus samawatis sab’i
    Wa Rabbul ardhinas sab’i;
    Wa ma fee hinna wa ma bayna hunna
    Wa ma fawqa hunna wa ma tahta hunna;
    Wa Rabbul ‘arshil ‘azim;
    Wal hamdu lil-lahi Rabbis ‘alameen.
    There is no god but Allah, the Gentle, the Kind;
    There is no god but Allah, the High, the Great;

    All praise be to Allah, the Lord of the seven heavens and the lord of the seven earth’s, and whatever is in them and whatever is between them, and whatever is above them and whatever is below them; and [He is the Lord of the Great Throne.

    And all praise be to Allah, the lord of the Universe.

    It is recommended to move the dying person to his/her usual place of prayer in the home. This is recommended only if it does not cause pain or inconvenience to the dying person.

    It is recommended to recite two surahs, Yasin (no. 36) and as-Saffat (no. 37), near the dying person. According to the traditions, this will relive the pangs of death.

  • After The Death

    Soon after a person dies, it is recommended to do the following things:

    • Close the eye-lids of the dead person.
    • Close the mouth of the dead person.
    • Tie the two jaws so that the mouth does not open.
    • Straighten his/her arms and place them on the two sides of his body.
    • Straighten his/her legs.
    • Cover the dead body.
    • Switch on the light in the room where the dead body is kept.
    • Arrange the funeral as soon as possible.
    • Inform the mu’mineen to attend the funeral.
  • After Death Rituals

    They cover Ghusl/Kafan/Dafan i.e., washing, shrouding, and burying. Basically, these are Wajib (obligatory) acts for all of us but Kifai - Wajibe Kifai, which means if one or more persons undertake to do, others are absolved. Else it is wajib on everyone.

    Therefore, it is essential for all of us to know the basics of burial rituals in case we are called upon to perform them when it becomes obligatory for us to do so according to the Shar’ia.

    First Obligatory Wajib Act Ghusl-e-Mayyit (Ritual Wash of the Dead Body)

    It is wajib to give three Ghusls to a Muslim dead body.

    1. First Ghusl with water mixed with Sidr (berry or lotus) leaves.
    2. Second Ghusl with water mixed with camphor.
    3. Third Ghusl with pure water.

    Note: The quantity of “Sidr” leaves or camphor should neither be so much that the water becomes mixed (Mudhaf), nor so little that it may be said that “Sidr” leaves or camphor has not been added in it.

  • Burial Management

  • Guidelines and Procedures for Management of Burials

    What to do when a death occurs in the Family

    1. Verify that the deceased is Muslim and the family wants Islamic burial according to “Islamic Laws and Practices”
    2. Check the Web-site under Cemetery for Valuable information.
    3. Contact Ali Houdroge (TEL: 503-646-5799) He will inform you of all the necessary steps first hand and will coordinate with you to complete this task.
    4. Only in case of emergency call 503 998-2498
  • Arranging Funeral Home

    You need to arrange with a funeral home of your choice and location. For a list of local funeral homes that you may consider, please Click Here. Charges for services may vary from one to the other. The most reasonable one is Crown Memorial Funeral Homes in Tualatin. Payment of services provided by funeral homes is your responsibility and not MCOP.

  • Price List

  • Price list of burial and related services

    The Muslim Cemetery of Portland is making the burial sites available to the members of Islamic community and any Muslim that his family or responsible relative wants him/her to be buried there.

    1. Adult Plot: $2000.00 ; Children under 12 years old: $1000
    2. Opening and closing grave site with casing*: $1400
    3. Preparation of body (washing and wrapping according to the Muslim tradition) : Free
    4. Funeral al services: This is a family responsibility. Please see recommended funeral Home list. Family is responsible for arrangements and payment for this service. This service will include Picking up the body from hospital to the funeral home, provide washing facility for preparing the body to be buried (done by MCOP staff/Volunteers at no charge), and obtaining death certificate and burial permit if needed*
    5. Transfer of body from place of death to the MCOP cemetery (part of the funeral Home service*)
    6. Religious ceremonies (Prayer ceremonies before burial): Free
    7. Burial of premature infants and stillborns before 20 weeks: free
    8. Burial of premature infants and stillborns after 20 weeks : $100
    9. Burial of children under 12 years: $1000
    *Additional cost may apply for burial services on weekends and holidays.
  • Payment Method

    The MCOP will take Credit card payments. A 0.035% Fee will be added to each purchase.

    Not included in the above services are the followings:

    • Memorial stone**
    • Flowers
    • Gratitude to the clergyman
    • Cost of any reception
    • Traditional 3rd, 7th, 40th, and annual ceremonies at the Center
    **MCOP policy is for a flat memorial stone to be placed on the grave within four months after the burial.
  • History Of Cemetery

  • Establishment

    Portland did not have an all-Muslim cemetery. Yes, there is a cemetery in Corvallis, but only for a select group of Muslims. Shias could not be buried there and Sunnis who are permitted to be buried, are not allowed to recite even Fatiha at the graves of their loved ones. As a result of many such harsh restrictions, many Muslims had no choice but to bury their kin in public cemeteries which do not conform to proper Islamic burial laws. True, some cemeteries did designate certain areas for Muslims, but the cost was very prohibitive with the price of the plot alone around $3500-$4000. By the time one added all other charges a typical burial would easily run up to $9000 plus. Add to that, Muslims do not have control of these grounds. Indeed we have seen many violations of non-Muslims getting buried in the vicinity of the Muslims.

  • Challenges for acquiring Cemetery

    Faced with these very difficult circumstances, our Islamic Center looked to purchase a piece of land to build an all-Muslim cemetery that would not only fully comply with Islamic burial laws so folks can be comforted to know their loved ones will get 100% Islamic burial, but would also be affordable to all Muslims, Sunnis and Shias, alike. Alhamdo LILLAH in 2011 we were able to locate 5.5 acres of land, about 15 minutes drive from downtown, in one of the most beautiful areas of Highway 30 (also known as St. Helens Road) in Portland, Oregon.

  • Acquisition and Development

    The process of getting a permit was not easy. To keep it short, let's just say there was a tremendous amount of effort put in to getting the license from both the Multnomah County and the Oregon Board of Mortuary. We finalized all the paperwork and Alhamdu Lillah got ownership of the property on February of 2015. Our work did not stop here. The property needs a lot of work, and by grace of God we are making small improvements everyday.

    We welcome you to come visit Portland's only All-Muslim cemetery. We are located on 21207 NW St. Helens Rd Portland, Oregon 97231. We have a green sign on the highway and it is only 1.7 miles from Cornelius Pass exit on the highway toward Scapoose"


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