British Mosques are carrying out more funerals a week than they would in a year

4th May 2020   •   video

by Barfi Culture Team | Twitter: @barfi_culture.
Credit: Sky News
The impact of Coronavirus on British Muslims is so great that mosques around the country are being inundated with burial requests.

The Green Lane Masjid in Birmingham told Sky News they are now carrying out 25 funerals a week, when they would normally do that many in a year.

After London, the West Midlands area has been hardest hit by COVID-19. The virus is also affecting people who live in larger households much more. That has put British Muslims particularly at risk.

Abid Khan, a volunteer at Green Lane Masjid, told reporter Inzamam Rashid: "Because of the COVID-19 crisis there's been a massive increase in the number of deaths and we've had to bring in a container."

"We now do five or six funerals a day. Including collections of bodies from hospitals and homes. We've had pickups in the middle of the night, with teams going out in out-of-hours and they pick up the deceased from homes or care homes in the community."

At least ten British mosques have set up temporary mortuaries to cope with deaths, Sky News reported.
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