History

The Islamic Ahlul-Bayt Association (IABA) was founded in 1997 and has since become a flourishing and vibrant community of approximately 6300 Muslims in Austin, Texas. IABA was formally registered with the State of Texas as a non-profit organization on February 20, 1997. 

The Funeral Committee of IABA serves the needs of IABA members as well non-members. As IABA does not have its own washing and burial facilities, it has coordinated with the following Austin Muslim associations with regards to the washing and burial facilities: 

Islamic Center of Greater Austin (ICGA) 

The Islamic Center of Greater Austin (ICGA) Muslim Cemetery first came into existence in the early 1980s with a non-profit WAQF donation of 20 acres of land just outside of Austin. The IABA administration sees itself only as a custodian of the cemetery. Since its inception, this Muslim cemetery has served not only the Austin community, but the Central Texas region including areas as Killeen, San Antonio, College Station, and even Houston. Since the cemetery was founded through a non-profit land grant, it offers services to all Muslims on a strictly non-profit basis. Furthermore, because of its non-profit status, the ICGA is legally permitted by the State of Texas to bury Muslims in complete accordance with Islamic laws. This is contrary to other cemeteries with Muslim sections that are not run by Islamic centers where the funeral home must follow licensed funeral laws which come into conflict with Muslim funeral rites. 

Muslim Community Support Services (MCSS)

The Muslim Community Support Services (MCSS) mission is to build a strong foundation for a non-profit Community Support Services organization to support families in need. MCSS has purchased a block of plots for burials from Cook-Walden funeral home at the following address: Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home 14501 North Interstate 35 Pflugerville, Texas 78660 (512) 251-4118: :w! Cook-Walden has a separate area reserved only for the Muslim community at the Pflugerville location. Plots are available from MCSS. Do not call Cook-Walden directly for purchasing a cemetery plot. 
Funeral Committee Representatives

Chairman:

Munaver Yusufali (Cell: (512) 363-0740 Home: (512) 252-1031)

Committee Members:

Dr. Hasan Akhtar (Cell: (512-636-9714) Home: (512-301-4083)
Sr. Hamida Yusufali (Cell: (512) 363-0738 Home: (512) 252-1031)
Br Ali Raza Hemani (Cell: (512-554-7774-) Home: (512-249-0180)
Br Syed Ijlal Ali Shah (Cell: (512-966-6379 ) Home: (512-249-9615)

North Lamar Mosque Contact:

Sheikh Mossad Islam (Cell: 501-247-3003)

ICGA Contact:

Sheikh Nur Ahmad (Cell: (512-961-2443 )

MCSS Contact:

Br Mohsin Lari (Cell: (512-775-1481 )

Services

The IABA Funeral Committee is committed towards serving all Muslims. The committee is also committed towards keeping trained Muslims involved in all aspects of the funeral and burial. All members on the committee are trained in washing and funeral rites. From washing to prayer to burial, trained Muslims lead the entire process. IABA has trained sisters to provide services to deceased Muslimahs. Services by Islamic Ahlul Bayt Association, Islamic Center of Greater Austin, and North Lamar are free. Donations are voluntary and welcome.
Funeral Service Cost

Islamic Burial Costs Austin 2016

Cook Walden Cemetery at Pflugerville

Grave cost at Cook Walden Islamic section (MCSS) $2,500.00
Transport cost (By Cook Walden when buried there) $1200.00
Transport cost (Peel Funeral Home) $1,500.00
Burial cost, preparing the grave $1,720.00
Concrete liner (required) $895.00
Wooden base (optional) $145.00
Cook Walden washing (optional) $395.00
Lamar mosque washing facility (voluntary donation) $300.00
Total cost approximately $6,500.00

Funeral process in brief

  1. When death occurs within the greater Austin area (Travis County), please call the designated representative of the IABA Funeral Committee. Please see ‘Contact Numbers’ section.
  2. A member of the Funeral Committee will make all necessary arrangements to bathe and bury the deceased. Unless otherwise requested, washing will take place at North Lamar Mosque.

    Next of kin or guardian must be prepared to provide the following information to cemetery representative:

    - Name of legal guardian and relation to the deceased
    - Name of deceased
    - Social Security number
    - Place of birth
    - Place of death
    Phone number of the contact person (---) ---   ----    
    Alternate phone number (---) ---   ----
  3. After all necessary details for the funeral are finalized; the IABA secretary will send a notice on its electronic mailing list announcing the death as well as the date and time for funeral prayer.
  4. Next of kin or guardians must meet in person with a cemetery representative at Manor Masjid or at Cook Walden Pflugerville Cemetery at least one hour prior to washing of body to complete all necessary paperwork and address any necessary costs associated with the burial.  Cook Walden requires advance total payments for their services. 
  5. Washing (ghusul) will be performed by trained IABA Ghusul team members. Participation of family members is optional and should be requested in advance.
  6. After washing the body will be wrapped in a shroud (kafan) and placed into a temporary casket for transport to cemetery.
  7. Funeral prayer will be performed at previously scheduled time by the funeral committee. To ensure greater attendance, all efforts will be made to schedule Janazah prayer to coincide during a prayer time.
  8. After Salaat-ul-Janazah, the deceased will be transported for burial to either of the two following cemeteries:
    The ICGA Muslim Cemetery located in Dale, TX located approximately 30 miles outside of Austin.
    The Cook Walden Cemetery located in Pflugerville, TX.
    If body is bathed at Cook Walden Cemetery, then funeral prayer will be performed by the grave site.

IABA Funeral Services Policy 

Unless the deceased's family requests a different option, the trained IABA funeral team will perform all the services necessary for a proper Islamic burial.
The designated funeral committee representative will brief all attendees on standards of conduct prior to transport of body for final burial.
Donations

If the ICGA or North Lamar Mosque washing facility has been availed, then a voluntary donation is recommended and payable directly to them. IABA does not charge anything for the funeral/burial services. However, donations are voluntary and welcome. Checks should be made to IABA.

Recruiting

In addition to providing Islamic funeral services, the IABA is committed towards training community members in the greater Austin area on funeral rites. The Funeral Committee will provide regular training for those willing to make a commitment to serve the IABA Funeral Committee. All upcoming training events will be posted under the ‘Regular Updates’ section. Please be aware that because of limited resources, priority will go to those willing to be on-call for IABA as funeral team members. For further information for volunteering, please contact Chairperson of Funeral Committee.
Maps and Directions to Cemetery

ICGA Muslim Cemetery:

Cemetery Address: 

1920 Country Line Rd.
Dale, TX 78616

Directions to the Cemetery:

1. Take 183 South 
2. All the way to HW 21, and make a Left on HWY 21 
3. Make a Right on 1854 
4. Continue on it until the intersection with CR-172 
5. Continue on CR-172 for 2 miles, and slight right on Old San Antonio.

Cook-Walden Capital Parks Funeral Home (North):

Cemetery Address:

14501 North Interstate 35 
Pflugerville, Texas 78660 

Questionnaire

The immediate family of the deceased is request to provide the following information that will assist the family and the IABA Funeral/Burial Committee in finalizing all required formalities before burial takes place.

  1. Name of deceased
  2. Name of deceased’s father
  3. Name of deceased’s mother
  4. Name of contact of person representing the deceased in matters of funeral/burial
  5. Where did the deceased die?
  6. What was the cause of death?
  7. Where is the deceased’s body:
  8. Has the coroner’s released the body?
  9. Are the police involved?
  10. Do you wish IABA funeral committee to take care of the washing rituals?
  11. Do you have a preference where the washing takes place?
  12. Do you give permission for washing and burying the deceased to IABA funeral committee?
  13. Where do you wish the body to be buried?
  14. Does the deceased own a cemetery plot at Cook Walden?
  15. Do you wish to purchase a plot At Cook Walden Islamic Cemetery?
  16. Who will be responsible for paying for the following costs?
    1. Transportation
    2. Cold storage
    3. Washing facilities
    4. Grave digging
    5. Grave Lining
    6. Purchase of cemetery plot at Cook Walden

Questionnaire after burial:

This questionnaire is our means of receiving your feedback so that we may endeavor to improve the services we provide. Please rate your experience from 1 to 10, where 1 represents a very poor service and 10 being excellent service provided:

  1. How easy or difficult was to contact IABA funeral committee?
  2. Where you provided an overview of all that funeral services provided?
  3. Was it made clear who your IABA funeral services contact/s is/are?
  4. Did you find the funeral committee link in the IABA website useful?
  5. How do you rate the services provided by the IABA Funeral Committee:
  6. Where you made aware of your burial options?
  7. Where you made aware of your body washing options?
  8. Where you made aware of the financial costs entailed with the washing and burial?
  9. Did the IABA Funeral Committee treat the deceased’s family with compassion?