World Bulletin / News Desk
The world-famous Turkish Cypriot Muslim spiritual leader Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani is said to be in a serious condition in hospital.
The 91-year-old congregation leader was rushed from his home in Lefke in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) midday on Thursday to the Near-East University Hospital in Lefkosa (Nicosia) after suffering from respiratory problems and heart failure.
According to a press statement by Dr. Sevim Erkmen to the Turkish Agency Cyprus (TAK), Shaykh Nazim is receiving the necessary treatment but still remains in a serious condition.
Shaykh Nazim, due to turn 92 on April 21, is the leader of the Naqshibandi-Haqqani Sufi order which traces its roots back to 11th-century Sufi Saint Abdul Qadir Jilani and 13th-century mystical poet Jalaluddin Rumi.
He inherited the leadership of the order from Shaykh Abdullah Fa'izi ad-Daghestani after he passed away in 1973 and has millions of followers all over the world.
Having lived in Turkey, Syria and the United Kingdom, Shaykh Nazim is currently based in his hometown in the TRNC. He is fluent in English, Turkish, Arabic and Cypriot Greek.
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