Turkey's president has expressed his condolences over the death of prominent Islamic scholar Muhammed Emin Sarac, who passed away on Friday.
In his condolence message on Sunday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was "deeply saddened."
"We will always remember with respect, benevolence, and prayer our esteemed teacher, who raised hundreds of students in the country and abroad throughout his life, which he devoted to the correct explanation and living of Islam," he said.
The president also conveyed his condolences to the 92-year-old Hadith scholar’s family members, students and loved ones.
On Friday, Erdogan said on Twitter, "I wish Allah's mercy to our valued Islamic scholar Muhammed Emin Sarac,” praising his “great efforts for divine consent at every stage of his life."
Erdogan later Sunday is due to attend Sarac's funeral service at the Fatih Mosque in Istanbul, where the scholar provided Islamic education for more than 60 years.