|The Mustafa Center|
The Mason District Land Use Committee is expected to hear a proposal Sept. 23 from the Afghan Academy for a funeral chapel at 6839 Braddock Road, Annandale. It would be across the street from the Mustafa Center, a mosque associated with the Afghan Academy.
People who live nearby are concerned that the project will bring more traffic to an already-congested area.
“Some people don’t even come to the shopping center anymore because there’s nowhere to park. It’s hard for us to get out of the neighborhood,” says Winter. “It’s an untenable situation.” She says there have been a lot of accidents at the Backlick/Braddock intersection.
The funeral chapel would be next door to the huge Immanuel Bible Church at that intersection, which also generates lots of traffic.
The chapel won’t bring a lot of additional cars to the area, says Mohamed Bashir, president of the Mustafa Center, because large gatherings won’t be held there. The facility would be used for washing the body and dressing it in a shroud before burial, and only members of the immediate family would be present. A larger crowd would come to the cemetery.
According to Bashir, the funeral chapel is needed because there aren’t any other places nearby equipped to handle Muslim burial procedures properly. The closest one is in Woodbridge, and it’s not ideal.
The proposal calls for an old house on the one-acre site to be torn down and replaced with a larger, two-story, 40x40-foot facility. There would be 30 to 35 parking spaces. The Fairfax County Planning Commission is scheduled to hear the proposal Oct. 30.