Lippo to Build Muslim Cemetery
Jakarta. Property company Lippo Karawaci has introduced its first Muslim cemetery project to be built in Karawang, West Java.
Developed by subsidiary San Diego Hills, construction for the Raudlatul Jannah Memorial Park cemetery will commence this month, occupying a space of 50 hectares.
"Cemetery is generally known as an unmanaged and creepy place, but that wouldn't be the case with the Raudlatul Jannah Memorial Park, a Muslim cemetery whose name literally translates to 'Heaven's Garden,'" San Diego Hills director Suziany Japardy told a press conference in Jakarta on Tuesday.
The site earmarked for the cemetery is located on Jalan Kuta Tandingan Raya near the West Karawang toll road exit.
The special cemetery is built to meet the demand for a proper Islamic cemetery in a country with the world's biggest Muslim population, Suziany said.
The cemetery's management would strictly follow Islamic rules.
A mosque with a capacity of 150 worshippers will be built on 2 hectares of land, alongside a restaurant with a strictly halal menu, a minimart and a florist shop.
The cemetery will offer services to bathe, shroud and perform prayers for the deceased according to Islamic prescriptions, Suziany said.
Because the body of a Muslim must be buried within 24 hours, the services will be available by request beyond the normal work hours.
Security and garden maintenance staff will work 24/7.
"We honor the deceased in this cemetery. We have consulted with ulemas and Indonesia’s biggest Muslim organization, the Nahdatul Ulama [on cemetery management]," she said.
For a standard grave of 1.5 x 2.6 meters, as required by Islamic law, the company will charge a price of between Rp 32.8 million and Rp 38 million ($2,700). A semi-private graveyard will start from Rp 200 million.
Suziany said the Islamic burial procedures require modest and simple proceedings, as she explained why the services and facilities in the yet-to-be-built cemetery would not be as elaborate as those at the San Diego Hills public cemetery.