SYDNEY'S acute shortage of burial space is set to hit the Muslim community hardest, with Islamic plots at Australia's largest cemetery expected to run out - again - within a year, according to the SMH.

When space dedicated to Islamic burials was last exhausted in Rookwood Necropolis two years ago, some Muslims were forced to fly their loved ones to Lebanon because they couldn't afford to bury them here.

A Muslim leader involved in the issue, Ahmad Kamaledine, said Islamic burials at the time were limited to a vastly more expensive arrangement in the cemetery's Anglican section for eight months until more land could be acquired within the cemetery's grounds.

At double the $6000 needed for a burial plot in the Islamic section, "the cost [was] becoming enormous", he said.

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