Srinagar: Moulvi Bashir Ahmad Farooqi, imam and preacher at famous the Hazratbal mosque passed away here today. He was 84.
Farooqi breathed his last at his home, family sources said.
He is survived by his wife and four children including two daughters.
Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed expressed deep shock and grief over the demise of Farooqi.
In his condolence message, the Chief Minister described late Farooqi?as a great Islamic scholar who was an embodiment of spirituality.
"His passing away has left behind a big void which will be difficult to fill," he said.
Sayeed expressed his sympathies with the family of the late Islamic scholar and prayed for a place in 'jannath' for the departed soul.
In recognition of his immense contribution towards matters of?Islamic jurisprudence, the state government had recently nominated late Farooqi as member of the J&K Wakf Board.