Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) national chairman and spiritual leader Panakkad Hyderali Shihab Thangal passed away at a private hospital in Angamalli, Ernakulam on Sunday. He was 74. His body will be buried at a family burial ground in Pannakkad, Mallapuram district on Monday, one of his relatives said.
“Sayed Hyderali Shihab Thangal, Kerala State President of IUML & a beloved spiritual leader, has passed away. My condolences to his family & followers. He was a strong secular voice of the UDF, supporting brotherhood, respect & progress for all. He will be dearly missed,” Gandhi said on Twitter.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Thangal had been a “gentle presence” in the state’s politics as the president of the Malappuram and state units of the Muslim League.
“He always stood for communal harmony. Besides politics, he headed many educational, religious and charity organisations in the state. His approach emphasised secular ideals, and despite political differences, he maintained cordial personal relations,” the chief minister said. “Kerala lost a tall leader,” said Kerala governor Arif Mohammad Khan.
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