MBCOL set up in August 1994 co-ordinates all of the Mosques in the Leicestershire area in order to deal with religious funeral preferences and requirements of its Muslim communities. With the co-operation of all of the parties which by necessity have to be involved in the process, stuff a successful program to meet the needs of the Muslim community was formulated.
In October 1995 MBCOL signed a historic legal agreement with Leicester City Council, dosage the first of its kind in Europe which gave MBCOL authority to carry out burials seven days a week at the Saffron Hill Cemetery in Leicester. The organisation is now a Registered Charity (No: 1087143) and a Limited Company by Guarantee (No: 5406938).
The success of the services MBCOL offers is due to the fact that it works with a Local Authority who is willing to listen and act according to the needs of the community. MBCOL acts on behalf of the needs and requirements of the Muslim community in Leicestershire regarding the procedures and practices relating to the interment of the deceased. It also seeks to provide information, discount help and assistance to every member of the community relating to interment and to liaise with other relevant organisations and agencies to enable the Muslim and other communities to access suitable bereavement services.
MBCOL has also been involved with consultation programs with local and central governmental departments in relation to the Coroners, death registration, burial grounds, Coroner procedural reforms and other matters related to death and bereavement.
MBCOL works in partnership with the following: Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Borough of Oadby & Wigston Council, Leicester Royal Infirmary Hospital, Leicester General Hospital, The Glenfield Hospital, East Midlands Ambulance Services, City and County Registrars Offices, HM Coroners, Leicestershire Constabulary and the Muslim Council of Britain.
Since its inception MBCOL has taken great strides in easing some of the difficulties experienced by the Muslim community at the time of death, and the organisation now forms the basis of good practice with many other Counties nationally