JAKARTA, Indonesia

Prominent Indonesian Muslim cleric Yunahar Ilyas died due to kidney failure on the southern island of Java.

Ilyas, an influential scholar from the Muhammadiyah organization — a major Islamic non-governmental organization — died on Thursday in the city of Yogyakarta.

Born in 1956 in Bukittinggi city of the West Sumatra province, he obtained two bachelor’s degrees from in Ibn Riyadh University in 1983 and the Imam Bonjol Islamic University in 1984, as well as a master’s degree from Sunan Kalijaga Islamic University in 1996 and a Ph.D. from the same school in 2004.

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