Vice president leads funeral ceremony of Hasyim Muzadi

Depok, W Java (ANTARA News) - Vice President Jusuf Kalla led the funeral ceremony of Hasyim Muzadi, a prominent ulema and Presidential Advisory Council member, who passed away on Thursday in Malang, East Java.

The funeral was held at the Al Hikam Islamic boarding school complex in Depok, West Java, on Thursday afternoon.

Muzadi, who was born on Aug 8, 1944, passed away at 6.15 a.m. on Thursday after receiving intensive treatment at the Lavalette Hospital and at his residence in Malang over the past several days.

The funeral ceremony for Muzadi was carried out in military-style involving military troops and police personnel.

The body of Muzadi arrived at the Al Hikam Islamic boarding school complex at 4.15 p.m. local time by ambulance, escorted by the military and police personnel as well as Islamic organizations, including the students of Al Hikam boarding school.

A large number of Muslims conducted congregational prayers for the deceased cleric at a mosque of the boarding school.

"The late Muzadi was a great ulema and a very close friend of Kalla. The demise of Muzadi is a great loss to Kalla and the people of the nation, who loved and respected him," according to Husain Abdullah, a spokesman of the vice president, here on Thursday.

In Jan 2017, Kalla had visited Muzadi in a hospital.

Kalla expressed his deep condolences for Muzadis death and stated that he was a moderate ulema and a role model for other Muslims.

Muzadi was the former chairman of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the countrys largest Islamic organization.

In the meantime, the United Development Party (PPP) Secretary General Arsul Sani said Muzadi was at the forefront for his efforts to distance Muslims from radical ideologies, imported from elsewhere, that tend to destroy the Unitary State of Indonesia.(*)