Montreal-area Muslims get new burial ground

A Muslim cemetery in Bosnia-Herzogovina

Some members of the Montreal Muslim community have reached an agreement with Magnus Poirier funeral homes for 3,000 plots at the Laval Cemetery.

Right now, there is one cemetery with separate areas for Shia Muslims and Sunni Muslims. But that cemetery is getting full, and some people don’t like the way it is managed.

“They dig the hole, they put the casket in, and they put back the dirt. The marker is a metal plate like you would find in a parking lot, not a cemetery,” says Hadjira Belkacem.

Belkacem is originally from Algeria, but considers herself a Quebecer. She says she wants to be buried here, and that’s why she founded Quebec’s Muslim burial association…