[Updated on 06:30 p.m. on Thursday to add footage of Hasyim Muzadi’s funeral]
Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla conveyed their condolences on the death of the prominent Muslim cleric and presidential adviser, Hasyim Muzadi, on Thursday (16/03).
Hasyim, the former chairman of Indonesia's largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), passed away in his hometown of Malang, East Java, on Thursday morning. He was 72-years-old.
Jokowi has recognized the ulema as a figure that promoted peace in Indonesia.
"Today, we have lost one of our most cherished national figures, Mr. Hasyim Muzadi. [He was] a great ulema, an ulema who had always tried to calm tense situations, who believed in peace," Jokowi said at the State Palace on Thursday.
Jokowi made the statement after unveiling a new border crossing to be located at Nanga Badau in West Kalimantan, the second in the province.
"I would like to convey my deepest condolences, and may his spirit receive the best place in heaven," Jokowi added.
Meanwhile, Vice President Jusuf Kalla led a prayer session for the passing of Hasyim before a meeting at the Presidential Palace Complex in Central Jakarta.
Kalla said that the country has lost an heroic figure.
"We all know that [Hasyim] was a person with a strong mind, but he was also moderate and had close relationships with ulemas from abroad. He campaigned for peaceful interpretations of Islam," Kalla said in Jakarta.
The vice president will represent the government in paying final respects to Hasyim at the funeral home.
Hasyim, who had reportedly suffered from exhaustion, passed away at his home at the Al-Hikam Islamic boarding school, where he was the director.
He was buried on Thursday afternoon at his family's cemetery in Depok, West Java.
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