THE Manila government on Wednesday began the construction of the city’s first Muslim cemetery and cultural hall estimated at P50 million.
Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso led the groundbreaking ceremony at the Manila South Cemetery on Wednesday morning.
The Muslim cemetery covers about 2,400 square meters of land exclusive for the Mohammedans. The local government allocated P49.3 million for its construction.
Domagoso said this project would put an end to the Muslims’ predicament of not having a place “where to rest their departed in accordance to their beliefs and tradition.”
Islamic tradition dictates that a deceased body should be buried within 24 hours.
Strict adherence to the faith forces Manila-based Muslims to bring their departed to nearby places and as far as Mindanao because the capital city had no exclusive cemetery for them.
“In recognition to the beliefs and tradition of our Muslim brothers and sisters, we are going to build the Manila Muslim Cemetery so that they will not travel far to bury their departed loved ones,” said Domagoso after the ground breaking.
“By building this cemetery, we can ensure that the appropriate requirements of burying their loved ones that conform to their beliefs and tradition can be complied with,” he added.