Muslim community receives burial site at Corby Cemetery

After a long wait, the Muslim Community of Corby has been allocated and given a burial area at the Shire Lodge Cemetery in Rockingham Road, Corby.

And the 200-person Muslim burial area will soon be ready for use.

On Monday September 26, the area was visited by North Northamptonshire Council project manager Dylan Smith and members of the Corby Muslim Association.

The area was visited by North Northamptonshire Council project manager Dylan Smith and members of the Corby Muslim Association.

Eyusuf Chaudhury, Chairman of the Corby Muslim Association, said: “This is a great achievement for the Muslim community. Now that we have something in Corby, we don’t have to fight anymore.

He also expressed his gratitude to the local government and CMA Barrister Legal Counsel Jabeer Miah JP (Hons) PG DIP for his hard work on this project.

Also present were Mohammed Suna Raja Chaudhury, Founder of CMA 1992, Trustees Haji Md Samir Miah and Ayna Chaudhury, Treasurer Abdul Khalique, 1st Vice President Abur Rohim Noor, Md Dilal Hussain and others.

The Corby Muslim Association has been in correspondence with the council since 2019 in their effort to have a place to bury their own in Corby.

The 200-person Muslim burial area will soon be ready for use.

It started under the now defunct Corby Borough Council but has since been taken over by North Northants Council.

Cllr Mark Pengelly, who was chairman of environment at Corby Borough Council at the time, said: ‘Corby is a town of many different cultures and the Muslim community in Corby is a growing population who had no place to bury his here, which means they would have to go to Leicester, Northampton or further.

“As a city that is for everyone, we looked at what we could do to change what was part of a consultation exercise with all faiths and none, asking what was needed for the new cemetery extension .

“We also wanted to have a chapel built at the Shire Lodge Cemetery so that we could hold services there. Hopefully this will be possible in the future and we will press the council again on this.

Corby’s Muslim community says it now has what it needs to thrive. In addition to the burial area, they also have a mosque, Corby Central Masjid, 33 Stuart Road, which they obtained in 2012 and have just started to hold Arabic lessons for children there.

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