Mar 3 2011
Of all places in Long Island to put a ‘Muslim-Only’ cemetery, they have to choose a place called Mount Sinai.
Mount Sinai is one of the most important sacred places in the Hebrew religion. Mount Sinai is the mountain upon which God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses. And now the Muslims will desecrate its namesake with their filthy bodies.
NEWSDAY —On a sprawling plain in Mount Sinai, Muslims have turned a section of the Washington Memorial Park into the only large-scale Muslim burial ground on Long Island, NY with a few thousand plots.
Now, Islamic leaders on Long Island want to establish a cemetery to exclusively serve the growing numbers of Muslims in the New York metropolitan area.
Currently burials at the Mount Sinai cemetery attract the faithful from as far away as Brooklyn and Queens. Islamic leaders said they are running short on plots and see that as a sign of how the Islamic community on Long Island is growing, establishing roots and even dying in significant numbers here. (Oh, but not nearly enough)
They use part of this nonsectarian cemetery because they have few other alternatives to be buried near others who share their faith. If they are successful in their efforts to acquire land, the cemetery would be one of a relatively small number of Muslim cemeteries in the United States. The nearest Islamic cemetery to Long Island is in Millstone, N.J.
The Islamic faith calls for the dead to be buried as soon as possible, preferably on the same day they died. That often gets complicated at cemeteries such as Washington Park, which normally limits burials after 3 p.m. and on weekends and on holidays.
Imam, who said Washington Park generally cooperates with Islamic traditions, nonetheless noted that because of holidays, for instance, “sometimes you have to wait three days to bury someone, which is a big no-no in Islam.”
“Having a stand-alone Muslim cemetery shows the real growth and maturity of any particular community. It is definitely a milestone,” said Ibrahim Hooper of the Washington, D.C.-based Terrorist Front Group Council on American-Islamic Relations. Long Island is home to an estimated 70,000 Muslims, with thousands more in New York City, local Islamic leaders sai.