SHAH ALAM, Sept 17 – About 5,000 people today performed the “solat ghaib” (absentee funeral prayers) for PAS spiritual leader Datuk Dr Haron Din at the Sultan Salahudin Abdul Aziz Mosque here. The prayers which started at about 9.25am was led by Haron’s grandson Hakeem Hamdi, 17.
Present were PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and two PAS state executive councillors in the Selangor government, Datuk Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi and Zaidy Abdul Talib. Also joining the congregation were Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Jamal Md Yunos, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) strategy director Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.
Earlier, there was a sombre mood when a recital of prayers for the late Haron was held, led by the Grand Imam of the mosque, Muhammad Farhan Wijaya. Zaidy when met after the prayers described Haron as an Islamic scholar who had such a profound knowledge and his loss would be greatly felt by all PAS members as well as the Islamic community in the country.
“For Jamal, despite having different political ideologies, I always admired Haron’s leadership qualities as well as his wide and deep knowledge of Islam. Although he was from PAS, I really admired him, who since young until the day he died had devoted his life for the sake of the people,” he said.
Haron, 76, died at 10.10am Friday (Malaysian time) at Stanford University Hospital in San Francisco, from heart complications. His remains were buried at the Five Pillars Muslim Cemetery in Livermore, California at 8.57am (Malaysian time) today. Haron leaves behind wife Datin Khatijah Salleh and five children – two sons and three daughters. — Bernama