A Muslim man has blasted Stockport council after it cordoned off an Islamic part of Mill Lane Cemetery throughout Eid.
Mohammed Mustafa, a solicitor, went to go to the plot on Thursday morning (Might 13) to see his departed father, who’s buried within the graveyard.
However when he arrived, tree works being carried out by council employees members meant a lot of the part was closed off to the general public.
“I’m very upset,” Mohammed, 66, informed the Manchester Night Information .
“It’s the holiest day within the Muslim calendar and we went to go to my father in our graveyard.
“To my horror and dismay that they had sectioned off a sizeable a part of the Muslim space.
“It’s completely and completely unacceptable when it’s a multicultural graveyard. There was a Muslim part in it for the final 10 years.
“With respect, the supervisor [of the site] ought to know the holy days of the Muslim calendar — would you prefer it in case you went on Christmas Day to seek out JCBs out and work happening?”
Mill Lane Cemetery, opened in 1993, is operated by the council, who’ve since apologised for the error.
However, Mr Mustafa says that the scenario was exacerbated when he complained to the location’s supervisor concerning the work.
He says the supervisor replied to his grievance by saying that it was a ‘regular working day’.
“That’s completely unacceptable from somebody who heads a multiracial, multicultural, and multi-religious graveyard,” he added.
“This Islamophobia is getting utterly uncontrolled. I shall be chatting with the council and my native MP — it isn’t acceptable behaviour from individuals who declare to symbolize a multicultural neighborhood.
“It actually isn’t on — my household have been concerned with the Falklands Battle marketing campaign. We’d like some respect.”
Mr Mustafa stated his brother was a member of the design staff which devised the mid-flight gas programs for the Vulcan bomber.
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A spokesperson for Stockport council stated: “We want to apologise to these households who weren’t in a position to go to the graves of their family members within the Muslim burial space of Mill Lane Cemetery in Cheadle at this time, Thursday, as a consequence of upkeep works happening.
“This week our groups have been finishing up enhancements on this space of the cemetery, which has included timber being in the reduction of to create additional area for burial websites.
“Sadly employees had not realised that at this time, Thursday, marked Eid and continued with the works this morning. This was an oversight and was not meant to trigger offence to guests.
“A household, visiting the grave of a beloved one, raised this with employees as they have been involved concerning the works happening. All works have been stopped instantly.
“Stockport council is dedicated to equality and variety throughout the Borough and works intently with religion teams in managing the cemeteries and we apologise wholeheartedly for this error.”