Hyderabad: Eminent Islamic cleric Moulana Abdullah Quraishi Al-Azhari passed away here on Tuesday. He was 80. Moulana Abdullah Quraishi was Deputy Vice Chancellor of Jamia Nizamia and former Imam and Khateeb of historic Makkah Masjid.

His Namaz-e-Janaza will be performed on Wednesday after Zohar at Mecca Masjid. The burial will take place in the graveyard of Dargah Hazrath Abdullah Shah Sahab at Naqbandi Chaman in Misrigunj.

 He was known across the Islamic world for his unique style of Qiraat, the recital of Holy Quran. Born on September 19, 1935, Moulana Abudullah Quraishi was a highly learned man. He served as Khateeb and Imam of Mecca Masjid for over 25 years.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao expressed deep condolences over Moulana Abdullah Quraishi's demise. Deputy CM Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Ministers Nayani Narasimha Reddy and K T Rama Rao, Leader of Opposition in Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir, Rajya Sabha MP V Hanumantha Rao, leaders and public representatives from various political parties, higher officials and other eminent personalities visited his house and expressed their condolences to the bereaved family.