DIED: Moulana Hendricks, 54
Tributes have poured in for Moulana Sheikh Ihsaan Hendricks al-Nadwi, former Muslim Judicial Council president and prominent Islamic scholar who passed away in hospital on Friday night after a long illness.

Moulana Hendricks, 54, was known for his advocacy for a free Palestine, and travelled all over the world to speak out against what he called Israeli apartheid.

He was laid to rest near his Hazendal, Athlone, home on Saturday, as hundreds came to pay their last respects, including former US ambassador Ebrahim Rasool and Community Safety MEC Dan Plato.

FUNERAL: Body carried from Hazendal residence. Photo: IAN LANDSBERG/ INLSA

ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe said Hendricks was a noted leader whose contribution would forever be recognised.

“He dedicated his life to the fight for the liberation of the people of Palestine and was a supporter of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) boycott of Israel campaign,” said Mabe.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has also extended her heartfelt condolences to the family, loved ones and Muslim community on the death of a great leader.

“I met Mr Hendricks while he was still president of the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC). He was a fierce defender of human rights and wanted to see people’s lives across the Western Cape improve,” Zille said yesterday.

“His death is a tremendous loss for both the Muslim community and the province. May his soul rest in peace.”

Moulana Hendricks, originally from Worcester, studied at Nadwatul Ulama Seminary in Lucknow, India, and was a leading member of the International Muslim Scholars Council.

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