SRINAGAR The Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Bashir ud Din Ahmad passed away here on Tuesday.
Reports said that Mufti was hospitalized at SKIMS, Soura after he complained of chest pain last evening. He breathed his last at 3 am, family sources said. He was 82.
Hundreds of people participated in his funeral at Khanqah-e-Moula Srinagar.
Among those who attended the funeral included chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
Mufti Nasir-ul Islam, is likely to succeed his father as the Grand Mufti of the state.
Mufti Bashir ud Din was the Grand Mufti of Jammu and Kashmir for over three decades. He got a masters degree in Arabic and a law degree from Aligarh Muslim University before pursuing religious education.
Mufti's death has been widely mourned with political leaders sending condolence messages.
"Sad to learn about passing away of Mufti Bashiruddin saheb. In him Kashmir lost a respected religious scholar and thought leader... Stand in solidarity with the family and followers of Mufti saheb," PDP president Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.
"May Allah grant heaven to Mufti Bashir-ud-Din. My condolences to the family at this time of great personal loss," National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said in his condolence message.
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