KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Famous Islamic religious scholar Datuk Seri Abu Hassan Din Al-Hafiz died early this Wednesday morning (May 1) .
He was 73.
According to his son, Mohamad Yusri, his father fell unconscious while preparing to perform Subuh prayer and was rushed to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7.30am.
Mohamad Yusri said the funeral prayers for his father would be held at the Saidina Hamzah Mosque in Kampung Batu Muda here and the remains would be laid to rest at the nearby cemetery before Zohor prayers.
Abu Hassan was the former Grand Imam of the National Mosque and held the Religious Advisor post to several Yang di-Pertuan Agong, including the late Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Al-Haj, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail and Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin.
Meanwhile, condolences poured in for the bereaved family of Abu Hassan, including from Terengganu Menteri Besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar.
“On behalf of Terengganu state government, I would like to express my condolences to the family members of the late Datuk Seri Abu Hassan Din al-Hafiz who passes away this morning.
“May his departed soul be blessed with grace and placed among the righteous,” he said on his social media platform.
Mufti of Federal Territories Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri, who shared his sadness over the demise of Abu Hassan on Facebook, described the latter as a very influential Muslim cleric.
“I vividly remember him in that once-famous Forum Perdana Ehwal Islam programme. In every little joke he made, there would be bits of advice and points to ponder that would refresh one's heart and soul.
“May his soul rest in peace. Al-Fatihah,” he said. – Bernama