Muslim burials rise in Bradford

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A community figure claims Muslim burials have risen in Bradford as the rate of repatriations decrease.

At a Bradford Council Executive meeting on Tuesday 9 January, general secretary of Bradford Council for Mosques (CfM) Zulfi Karim revealed a sharp rise in the number of Muslim burials in the district over the last few decades.

There were only six in Bradford in 1981, but last year there were 360 Muslim burials - an increase of 5,900 per cent.

Mr Karim attributed the rise in Islamic burials in the district to a growth in the Muslim population and a move away from repatriation within the community.

A report from the Council Executive meeting shows the current site dedicated to Muslim burials, at Scholemoor, has two to three years of burial space remaining.

The site is due to be expanded to provide more space but this is dependent upon a licence for felling trees from a neighbouring allotment site.

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