In Egypt, thousands of mourners attended the funeral on Tuesday (17 October) of one of the world's senior Islamic leaders, Sheikh Abdel Halim Mahmoud.
SV PAN DOWN EXT Alazahar Mosque in Cairo
MV Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil greeting mourners
MV Vice President Hosni Mubarek gets out of car and walks towards mosque
SC Crowd watching from balcony as police control crowd (3 SHOTS)
GV Mourners walking down street carrying banners as people surge around coffin (2 SHOTS)
GV Premier Khalil and Mubarek walking in procession
GV Crowds throng around coffin
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Background: In Egypt, thousands of mourners attended the funeral on Tuesday (17 October) of one of the world's senior Islamic leaders, Sheikh Abdel Halim Mahmoud.
SYNOPSIS: Dr Mahmoud was Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Egypt's foremost seat of learning and religion, situated in Cairo.
At the funeral was the Egyptian Prime Minister, Mr Mustapha Khalil, who gave his condolences to Dr Mahmoud's family and friends.
Also present was the Egyptian Vice President, General Hosni Mubarak. Thousands of Moslems gathered to pay their last respects. But their numbers were so great, police had to step in to prevent their hindering the procession.
Dr Mahmoud had a doctorate of philosophy from the Sorbonne university in Paris. he died, at the age of sixty-eight, from the after-effects of a prostate operation performed in a Cairo hospital. Dr Mahmoud had also been a minister in the Egyptian Government in charge of Al-Azhar, which combines a thousand-year-old mosque and a university.
Mr Khalil, followed by General Mubarak, led the funeral procession through the streets of Cairo. Dr Mahmoud was highly regarded throughout the world as an authority on Islamic religion, and he published several definitive works on the subject.