Our largest Muslim gardens
Brampton Memorial Gardens, in Brampton, Ontario, is home to Arbor’s largest Muslim community. This cemetery currently offers two gardens dedicated to Muslim families. One is a large garden serving a variety of mosques in the region. It was first designed in collaboration with the Islamic Society of Peel, which approached Brampton’s staff with an interest in providing community cemetery grounds to congregants. We are honoured that over the years this garden has become a comforting place for other medium-sized mosques as well. These mosques are very diverse, which means the garden unites families of different cultures and traditions. We believe it resonates with so many because of our personalized approach to each memorial.
Brampton’s second garden is dedicated to serving the Ahmadiyya community of Brampton. We are also designing a third Muslim garden at Brampton which will have monuments flush with the ground to create a cohesive green space.
Each of these gardens has consistent characteristics that you will see in Arbor’s Muslim Gardens across Canada. Most importantly, each burial space faces Mecca. There is also very organic greenery and a sense of simplicity in each garden.
We believe the growing demand for our Muslim gardens reflects our strong relationship with the Muslim families we serve.
In addition to traditional, upright monuments, many of Arbor’s Muslim families prefer either flush or raised monuments for their final place of rest. For example, Brampton’s multi-mosque garden is split into two sections to suit these different monument styles. For example, your family may prefer granite markers that are laid flush with the earth and joined to nature. On the other hand, you may like a raised monument which rises out of the ground so that it is easier to find.
There are many other customizations available in Arbor´s Muslim gardens across Canada. A popular way to personalize a memorial is with meaningful inscriptions. Many families choose to have a phrase from the Qur’an inscribed on their burial monument. Other families come from a tradition where they do not place Qu´ran passages on the ground and so opt for symbols, alternate inscriptions, or no additional decorations at all. These, and so many other choices, are yours to make. We are here to support and inform you every step of the way.