The Islamic Community of Bosniaks in Boise submitted a proposal for a license to use land outside Kuna as a cemetery.
The proposal was appealed, and a public meeting will be held to comments about the appeal and the proposed cemetery.
The ICBB applied to build a 10-acre cemetery and a chapel on 36 acres at 15000 Cloverdale Road.
Due to Islamic burial practices, a Kuna resident sent a letter issuing concerns about to the sanitation and appearance of the cemetery.
According to the Islamic beliefs, bodies are not embalmed and not buried in coffins. The body is sheathed in white cotton or linen cloth, and according the ICBB, buried at least half the height of the deceased.
The proposal from ICBB said the Islamic traditions for burial would not violate any of Idaho’s regulations regarding cemeteries.
The letter from the concerned Kuna resident presented three concerns with the cemetery. The resident’s letter said burying the dead in only a cloth would leave the bodies susceptible to animals digging up a corpse, which could spread diseases. Bodies being dug up would cost the city community money, the letter said. Finally, the resident said the cemetery would hurt the esthetic value of Kuna.
The public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Commissioners Main Hearing Room 1235 at 200 West Front street in Boise.