Hornbill Unleashed

September 16, 2016

Remembering Haron Din, the man

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

From Him we come and to Him we return, say the Muslims when they hear the death of one, any one, be they friend or enemy, loved or hated.

The spiritual leader of PAS Datuk Dr Haron Din passed away this morning in San Francisco, US, after undergoing an operation for his heart condition, at the age of 76.

A well known Muslim cleric in Malaysia, having been educated in Egyptian universities such as Al Azhar, this man is also known for being one of the most sought after ulamas when it comes to public sermons.

In his prime, he used to be able to fill the whole of Dataran Merdeka with people who will come from all over the country just to sit on the ground and listen to him speak and stay late into the night.

He was also syariah adviser for Bank Negara and a few other banks at one point of time, showing how his knowledge was very much appreciated by the government and experts.

He had a way of speaking to the Malay Muslims and his simple ways of admonishing and advising, no matter if we do not agree, gathered him millions of followers. He was also much respected by clerics around the world.

At that time, RTM used to air his public sermons and he used to be invited to forums on religious issues on national television channels.

When he was known as a preacher, he was not politically active, although he was a PAS Central Committee member for many years, and was not seen as being part of PAS.

He was just an ulama tersohor who had much knowledge and famed for his many writings and explanations on issues of religion. Even those who are not on the same political path of his would seek him for various ailments.

He was also famed for his traditional healings and the products under his name were very popular among the Malay masses.

It was only in the last few years that one saw him foraying into the political sphere. As much as he was condemned by many for having allowed PAS to break and work with its rival Umno, one has to concede that Haron Din did not say much throughout his short tenure as the Spiritual Leader of PAS, and that PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang overshadowed him easily.

This was unlike when Haron Din’s predecessor Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, who held the reins of the party when he was alive.

Haron, although he did make some statements on kafir harbi and the Allah issue etc, was always placed at the back of the politicians in PAS and he was literally a spiritual leader, only being there in spirit.

His death may come as a blow to many PAS people, who was hoping that this Islamic scholar would wake up from his political lethargy and unite the party, and to many of his followers who have grown up listening to his sermons.

Some others, however, have also taken it upon themselves to point out that the fact he has passed away in San Francisco, the city famed for sex and drugs, says something.

They asked why is it that Haron Din sought treatment for his condition in a kafir harbi’s place and not in a Muslim country and wonder if this is not a message to PAS people that he passed away there.they also ask who funded his treatment there.

At the same time, there are many other voices asking those above not to lose their values and respect the dead, only because Haron Din was after all a human being, who had knowledge.


Zakiah Koya




  1. Nothing great about this guy.

    Comment by willy — September 17, 2016 @ 5:56 PM | Reply

    • Umno paid tribute to him for his role in getting PAS out of Pakatan.

      Comment by Aswal — September 17, 2016 @ 7:34 PM | Reply

  2. Perhaps afraid to be buried next to an Umno guy. Anyway, condolence to his family.

    Comment by apai — September 17, 2016 @ 12:45 PM | Reply

  3. It seems to me PAS leaders are multi millionaires after all. There must be truth that PAS leaders had received tens of millions from Najib for reasons known only to themselves and their God.

    Comment by Danny Jacob — September 17, 2016 @ 12:26 PM | Reply

  4. His death was given prime time reporting by TV3 with Al Fatihah, showing his photo with Najib.
    Clearly Umno is aligned with Harun in order to cause PAS to leave Pakatan.
    Not wrong to assume Umno is collaborating with Harun.
    Cannot understand why Harun Din wanted to be buried in USA, an evil in the eyes of PAS.

    Comment by Aswal — September 17, 2016 @ 12:20 PM | Reply

  5. PAS and Umno Baru leaders had often accused United States of trying to destroy Muslims in Malaysia by exposing 1MDB financial scandals and how MO1 had directly benefitted from stolen money from 1MDB but this leader from PAS had chosen to die and be buried in evil America.

    Comment by Mat Som — September 17, 2016 @ 11:13 AM | Reply

    • It shows that they are not sincere to their muslim voters in the kampung.
      Remember how close Najib is with a Obama?

      Comment by Aswal — September 17, 2016 @ 1:43 PM | Reply

  6. Will Hadi Awang and Najib Razak choose to die and be buried outside of Malaysia too when their time comes?

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — September 16, 2016 @ 9:28 PM | Reply

    • Funny….Funny…how come he choose to be buried in Evil country, claim these are the Evil countries intended to destroy his religion…???n

      Comment by tiuniamah — September 17, 2016 @ 10:00 AM | Reply

    • Jho Low can make arrangement for them.

      Comment by Aswal — September 17, 2016 @ 7:35 PM | Reply

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