The former Islamic Minister Dr Abdul Majeedh Abdul Baaree has passed away in Sri Lanka.
Dr Baaree, 55, had suffered a stroke last Friday when he was in Sri Lanka for a conference. He was immediately rushed to the hospital and underwent three surgeries.
His condition was still serious after the surgery, and he was placed on a ventilator.
The ventilator was removed this afternoon.
Dr Baaree’s family is currently in Sri Lanka, while condolences pour in for the family from well-wishers.
Dr Baaree became Maldives’ first Islamic Minister during former President Mohamed Nasheed’s administration. He was also the first head of Maldives’ Institute of the Holy Quran, established by former President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom.
He later severed as a senior lecturer at Maldives National University’s Faculty of Law and Islamic Studies.
He was also the president of religiously conservative Adhaalath Party’s scholars’ division.
Dr Baaree attained his bachelor’s degree, masters as well as his doctorate from Medina University. He graduated with first class honours.