The body will be transported to the graveyard by the appointed burial service. Arrangements will have been made with the cemetery to reserve a space in the Muslim section of the graveyard at Vale cemetery.

It is recommended when lowering the body in the grave that you say “Bismillah, wa ‘ala millati rasul-illah”  meaning In the Name of Allah and according to the religion of the Messenger of Allah).

The should be placed so that it is facing the Qiblah direction. According to the Prophetic practise, this would have meant laying the deceased on their side in the grave. If there is a requirement to keep the coffin, the head of the coffin should face towards the Qiblah.

Then, the remainder of the grave should be filled with the earth removed from the grave. Care should be taken not to step, disturb or take earth from other graves. Earth should not go directly on to the body and its recommended to contribute at least three handfuls to the burial while reading from Surah Taha as follows “Minha khalaqnaakum wafeehaa nu’eedukum wa minha nukhrijukum taaratan ukhraa” meaning “From the earth We created you, and into it We will return you, and from it We will extract you another time.

The remaining earth can be filled in using the digger. According to the Sunnah, the grave should be slightly raised above the ground with a prominent mound over it in order for it to be recognized as a grave. Sufyan at-Tammaar (RA) said that he had seen the grave of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) and that it was humped. [Al-Bukhari]

At the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) no headstone was used, although some scholars permit the use of a very simple headstone for identification purposes only. The information on it can include grave number, name of the deceased, date of death and age. No Qur’anic verse or scriptures should be used as its primary purpose is only as a way to locate loved ones.