Shia chief Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem dies in Iraq | Latest News Table

Shia chief Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem dies in Iraq

Funeral ceremonies for prime Shia chief anticipated to be held in holy metropolis of Najaf and its twin metropolis of Karbala.

Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem, considered one of Iraq’s prime Shia leaders, has died aged 85 within the southern holy metropolis of Najaf.

Al-Hakeem’s workplace introduced on Friday that he died of a sudden medical situation it didn’t specify. A relative, Mohsen al-Hakeem, informed The Related Press information company that al-Hakeem died on the Al Hayat hospital in Najaf the place he was taken after struggling a sudden coronary heart assault.

Funeral ceremonies will likely be held on Saturday in Najaf and its twin holy metropolis of Karbala, a supply inside his workplace informed AFP information company.

Iraqi President Barham Salih in an announcement paid homage to the “distinguished determine” in Shia Islam.

The US expressed its condolences in an announcement from its embassy in Baghdad.


Born in Najaf in 1936, al-Hakeem was thought-about to be among the many highest Shia spiritual authorities within the nation.

On the time of his dying, he was considered one of 4 ayatollahs of the Hawza, Najaf’s Shia seminary, together with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s prime Shia religious chief.

Together with the Afghan-born Mohammed Ishaq al-Fayadh, al-Hakeem was seen because the almost certainly contenders to succeed al-Sistani.

His maternal grandfather was Mohsen Al-Tabataba’i Al-Hakeem, a scholar and probably the most distinguished thinkers of Shia Islam. His father was Muhammad Ali al-Hakeem, probably the most revered Shia leaders in Najaf.

His second cousin, Sayyed Ammar al-Hakeem, leads the al-Hikma, or Nationwide Knowledge Motion, one of many largest Shia political events in Iraq.

Al-Hakeem was imprisoned between 1983 and 1991 beneath the federal government of Saddam Hussein who feared neighbouring Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution would set off “an identical occasion” in Iraq, political commentator Marsin Alshamary mentioned on Twitter.

Al-Hakeem has written many books and publications, a few of which have been translated into a number of languages. He’s survived by a spouse and eight youngsters.

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