World Bulletin / News Desk
Sheikh Abdel-Karim al-Kahlout, Gaza's mufti, has died at the age of 78, the Gaza Health Ministry announced Tuesday.
Al-Kahlout passed away Monday night after a long struggle with illness, the ministry said.
A funeral is due to be held later Tuesday in Gaza City, with Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and representatives of various Islamic and national groups expected to attend.
The Religious Endowments (awqaf) Ministry has urged Gazans to take part in the funeral, describing the departed mufti as "a highly-esteemed cleric and scholar."
Al-Kahlout, appointed mufti of Gaza by late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, enjoyed the support of rival Palestinian factions, maintaining neutrality amid ongoing political divisions.
As mufti, he was responsible for issuing legal opinions (fatwas) based on the interpretation of Islamic Law.Last Mod: 25 Şubat 2014, 13:32