PETALING JAYA: Politicians from both sides of the political divide have extended their condolences to the family of PAS spiritual leader Haron Din.
Prime Minister Najib Razak took to Facebook to say that Malaysia had lost a respected and prominent Muslim cleric who had “contributed a lot” to the well-being of the country.
“On a personal note, my family and I have lost a close friend,” said Najib, who is also Umno president.
Najib added that despite their different political ideologies, he and Haron both had the same goal, to see Malaysia prosper as a Muslim nation.
“May his soul be blessed in Heaven. Al Fatihah.”
Former PAS member and Amanah Communications Director Khalid Samad said it would be difficult for PAS to find a replacement “easily”, as Haron was highly respected in the party.
“The new spiritual leader should be able to put forward an image of Islam that is for the betterment of all humanity, for Muslims and others,” he said.
The current deputy spiritual leader is Ahmad Yaakob, who is also the Kelantan Menteri Besar .
Pas Vice-President Idris Ahmad said Haron was a respected member of the party who “had contributed a lot to the party’s development”.
The social media is flooding with messages of condolence from PAS supporters and netizens in general.
The 76-year-old Haron leaves behind a wife and five children.
He succumbed to complications following heart treatment at the Stanford University in the United States, about 10.10am (local time) today. He was reportedly in a coma and dependent on life support.
Haron had previously undergone treatment at the National Heart Institute for heart complications.
He held a Masters’ degree and a doctorate in Shariah from Ain Shams University in Egypt, and was appointed the Islamist party’s spiritual leader in March last year to replace the late Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.
Haron had written several books on Islam and Islamic jurisprudence, including hudud, and sat on various Shariah and Fatwa panels at CIMB, Bank Negara, Securities Commission and the Perlis Fatwa Advisory Panel.