DAMASCUS, (ST)_ The Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic announced Saturday evening the untimely demise of the mother of President Bashar Hafez Al-Assad, the beloved Anisa Makhlof

The widow of the late President was born in Lattakia Governorate in the year 1930.

In 1957, she was married to the Late President, who was by then First Lieutenant, and since then she completed her life with him till the untimely demise of the Late President on June 10, 2000.

The untimely demise of President Bashar Hafez Al-Assad's mother crowned a long journey of dedication, humanitarian and charity works and sacrifices along with the late president for the welfare and well being of the Syrians.

The late President Hafez Al-Assad, the builder of modern Syria, and his wife, have a five-person family: a female Boushra, four males: Bashar, Maher and two other deceased brothers Bassel and Majd.

We pray for the rest of the souls of the deceased mother and for her rest in Paradise.

 ''From God we come and unto him we shall return.''

The brother of His Excellency President Bashar Hafez Al-Assad, Mr. Bassel  Hafez Al-Assad passed away in January 21, 1994.

 The brother of His Excellency President Bashar Hafez Al-Assad, Mr. Majd Hafez Al-Assad passed away in December 12th, 2009.

To the righteous soul will be said: "Thou soul in complete rest and satisfaction. Come back thou to thy lord, well pleased thyself, and well-pleasing unto him.''

On Saturday, June 10, 2000, the Late President Hafez Al-Assad passed away.

The following is the text of the sad announcement of the death of President Hafez Assad, the builder of Modern Syria

In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate.  Among the believers are men who have been true to their covenant with God: Of them some have completed their vow to the extreme, and some still wait. But they have never changed their determination in the least. Death has taken away a peerless leader and an unrivalled wise man. brother citizens, Arabs everywhere: The National and Regional Commands of the Arab Socialist Baa’th Party, the Central Command of the National Progressive Front, the People's Assembly, the Council of Ministers, the General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces, the popular organizations, the Professional Associations, the children of the great late leader: Bashar, Mahir, Majd, Bushra, and Al Al-Assad and Makhluf, announce to the Arab nation and the Syrian Arab people the death of leader Hafez Assad, Secretary general of the Arab Socialist Baa’th Party and President of the Republic.

 Today morning, 8 Rabi al-Awwal 1421 Hegira, corresponding to 10th June 2000, God has decreed the death of a great, unparalleled leader and wise man. He was a soldier, a fighter, and one who believed that life has no value without a free, dignified, and united homeland. Syrians and Arabs, the steadfast leader died in defense of the rights of the nation and the homeland. The leader, whose values, principles, policies, and approach are lofty, has died. The leader has died. He struggled for more than half a century for the sake of the Arabs' pride, unity, freedom, and for the sake of safeguarding their dignity and restoring their rights. The leader, who relentlessly resisted strong storms, has died. His courage has never been weakened, his vision has never been narrowed, and his convictions have never been shaken. He was the most courageous one in making decisions and confronting the enemies of the nation. He was the one who loved the people the most. The star, who lit the sky of Syria and the Arabs for more than three decades, has fallen. 'He was a lion'. He devoted his brain, body, and heart for the sake of hoisting the banner of the nation. He struggled, was patient, and endured for the sake of a safe, prosperous, proud, and strong homeland.

He preserved his pledge - the pledge of love for the homeland and struggle to regain the rights of the nation and raise its standing. He was a lion in facing ordeals, difficulties, and storms. He was a soldier, a fighter, and one who believed that life has no value without a free, dignified, and united homeland. He was a president who was aware of his responsibilities in building the homeland and providing its requirements and liberating its occupied land. He was a father. Yes, he was a father in his love for his citizens. He shared with them their sorrow and joy. My brothers: Today, we lost a brother, comrade, friend, father, leader, and teacher. Today is a day of sorrow and pain in every house, in every school, university, factory, farm, and shop.

 Sorrow is in every heart of every man, woman, and child. The one who departed was a piece of the heart. He will remain in his legacy, accomplishments, thought, and conduct a star that shines not only for this generation, but also for future generations.

Peace be upon you, president leader. Peace be upon you, struggler comrade. Peace be upon you. You were an example of sincerity and loyalty, work and struggle.

From God we come and unto him we shall return.

To the righteous soul will be said: " thou soul in complete rest and satisfaction. Come back thou to thy lord, well pleased thyself, and well-pleasing unto him.

Dr. Mohammad Abdo Al-Ibrahim

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