Grand Mufti Bashir Ud Din Ahmad died here on Tuesday.
Bashir Ud Din Ahmad was 82. He was hospitalised on Monday evening after he complained of chest pain, the family of the Grand Mufti said.
They said he breathed his last at the hospital around 3 am.
Ahmad 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.
The funeral prayers for the Grand Mufti will be held this afternoon at Khanqah-e-Mo’alla in the old city.
Ahmad’s son, Mufti Nasir-ul Islam, is likely to succeed his father as the Grand Mufti of the state.
Ahmad’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,” 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.
J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) described Grand Mufti as an illustrious son of the soil, who has contributed immensely to the religious education, he will always be remembered for his head and heart qualities.
In his condolence message the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G.A. Mir has expressed profound grief over the passing away of Grand Mufti, describing his demise as a great loss to the State and people as well.
Jenab Bashir U Din was an illustrious son of the soil, I am pained to heart about his passing away, G.A. Mir added
G.A. Mir conveyed deepest condolences to bereaved family of Grand Mufti and sympathized with them, he also prayed for eternal peace to departed soul.