SC Upstate private Muslim cemetery

A unit of Islamic Societies of Greenville, Spartanburg & Clemson

(Non-Profit Organization)


A Muslim private cemetery called “Riaz-ul Jannah” was established by the residents of the neighboring counties of Upstate South Carolina in 2008. These counties, besides Greenville-Spartanburg County, include the counties of Anderson, Cherokee, Laurens, Union, Oconee and Pickens.


For the purpose of general upkeep and operation of the cemetery, a board of trustees consisting of five (5) members will be established (two from the Greenville community, two from Spartanburg community and one from Clemson community) by the Islamic societies of Greenville, Spartanburg & Clemson. Replacement of such members will occur on voluntary departure, moving away, or upon death of a member


Rules & Regulation:


All Muslim residents belonging to the above described counties shall have the right to be buried in the Riaz-ul Jannah Upstate Muslim Cemetery.


No reservation for the grave site(s) will be permitted. Only the grave site immediately next to an occupied one, in compliance with the master plan, will be used.


No structure shall be allowed atop the grave site except for the official grave markers which will be installed by cemetery committee.


Placing of Headstone is not recommended in Islam. However, the cemetery management will install the Headstone upon request from the family of the deceased. The headstone will include the information of the name (as per Burial Registration Form), the dates of birth and death and the lot number on the approved pattern and design.  The family of the deceased will be required to pay the cost (Headstone & installation) to the cemetery fund.


The cemetery management reserves the right to demolish any structure or remove any plantings that violate the above rules, or structure that violate, the Islamic Shariah (fiqh us-Sunnah), as interpreted by the board of trustees, without prior notice.


It shall be the responsibility of the family to get the body released from the hospital or hospice and take care of legal issues associated with the release of the body to the funeral home. (ISG will neither issue any request to release the body nor will be responsible for any payment for the release of the body.


The information on total cost associated with the burial will be shared with the family member of the deceased. A donation from the family will be thankfully accepted.

After signing the required documents of burial by the family member, Riaz-ul-Jannah authorized person will request and authorize Watkins, Garrett, and Woods Mortuary Inc. to recover the body from the residence, hospital, or hospice (within the above eight counties) and transfer to the washing facility at the Greenville Islamic Center on Wade Hampton Taylors SC for the purpose of washing (as per Fiqh us-Sunnah only). Digging of the grave at the earliest possible time will also be requested by Riaz-ul-Jannah authorized person and the burial time will be determine by family member and Riaz-ul-Jannah authorized person will be announce by the cemetery management

Upon completion of the washing process janaza prayer will be held at Greenville Masjid on Wade Hampton Blvd. Taylors SC 29687. Mazhabs other than Fiqh us-Sunnah may offer Janazah prayer at other places of their choice or at the cemetery, they may also do so at the Greenville Masjid on Wade Hampton Blvd with the condition, that the body will be shrouded in the shroud provided by the Riaz-ul-Jannah (during the washing process) and allowing the Imam of ISG or any other authorized person of the ISG to lead the prayers according to the Muslim Sunni Faith, no other faith will be allowed to lead the prayer as per their fiqh.


Upon completion of Janaza prayer the body will be transferred to the burial site located at 134 W. Sullivan Rd. in Ware Shoal in Laurens county SC 29692. on prescribed time as agreed upon by the family member and Riaz-ul-Jannah authorized person.


The family of the deceased shall have the option for the use of other approved burial sites, like Prince Fort cemetery or any other cemetery of their choice. However, in such cases the arrangement for the grave digging, transportation and burial, etc., and the entire cost associated with the burial shall be the responsibility of the family of the deceased. The family shall also have the option for the use of part of services like washing facility (as per Fiqh us-Sunnah only) with prior arrangement with the management, a small sum will be charged to the family to cover the basic cost which at present is $ 300.00 and may change in the future


It is the responsibility of the family to provide the immediate family members or friends to perform the washing of the deceased body, however the family may request to the authorized committee person to arrange the volunteers to wash the body in case of male only. In case of female the family must provide five female volunteers and may ask ISG for a guide to explain them through the washing process. All the necessary supplies and the shroud (Kafan) will be made available to the family.  


In case, where the family or friends of the unknown deceased person claim that he was a Muslim and request burial in the Muslim cemetery, witnesses of two known members of the Muslim community who hold the membership of Riaz-ul-Jannah shall be required for

receiving the privilege of burial in the Riaz-ul Jannah cemetery, and the family shall be responsible for the cost of the burial, no free burial is available at Riaz-ul-jannah


Embalming the body is not recommended in Islam. However, if the body needs to be transported outside the United State then embalming the body is required by Law.  In such a case the family of the deceased shall make arrangement for embalming with Watkins, Garrett, & Woods Mortuary, or with any other mortuary of their choice at their own expense. Washing of the body may still be performed at the washing facility after embalming (as per above rules) or at the embalming center and a nominal fee of $300.00

will be charged.


Membership of Riaz-ul-Jannah is required for the Muslims residing in the eight counties as mentioned above to be buried in Riaz-ul-Jannah Muslim cemetery. Form must be filled and signed by the head of the Household. Initial membership signing by the head of the household will start from January 1, 2018. Membership forms submitted between January 1, and June 30 of 2018 will qualify for immediate beneficial rights when approved. Forms submitted after June 30, 2018 will qualify for beneficial rights only 6 months after the approval of membership. Each membership must be renewed every 5 years after the initial membership signing date. Any lapse or delay of membership renewal will result in additional 6 months delay in receiving beneficial rights to Riaz-ul-Jannah  


For those who have elected not to become members of Riaz-ul-Jannah in a timely manner as described above, a charge of $ 2000.00 in addition to the normal burial cost (at that time) will be payable.


The residents of the eight counties who have converted to Islam must produce documents or present two witnesses from the community, who are known to the community members and hold the membership of Riaz-ul-Jannah, for the purpose of witnessing their faith as a Muslim.


The documents of rules and regulations for the burial at Riaz-ul Jannah Muslim cemetery are subject to revision as deemed necessary by the board of trustees. Any revision may also be retrospectively implemented for compliance.