Memorial Service Held at Bayn al-Haramayn for Senior Iraqi Cleric  

16:35 - September 12, 2021
News ID: 3475691
TEHRAN (IQNA) – A memorial service was held Saturday at Bayn al-Haramayn in Karbala for Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammad Saeed al-Hakim, one of Iraq’s top Shia clerics who died last week.


A large number of religious figures and officials, including officials of the Astans (custodianships) of the holy shrines of Imam Hussein (AS) and Hazrat Abbas (AS), as well as pilgrims attended the event.

Ayatollah Hakim died of a heart attack in the southern Iraqi holy city of Najaf on September 3.

He was one of the four Shia sources of emulation in Najaf.

He has written more than 40 books on Islamic Fiqh. He also trained many scholars in Islamic sciences.

Born to a family of clerics in Najaf in 1354 Hijri (1936), he was a grandson to late Grand Ayatollah Muhsen al-Hakim. His father was Mohammad Ali al-Hakim, one of the most respected clerics in Najaf.

He was considered as the top candidate to succeed the Arab country’s most prominent Shia cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who is in his early nineties.

The source added that a funeral ceremony was arranged to be held on Saturday in Najaf, home to the shrine of Imam Ali, the first Imam in Shia Islam, where he will be buried. A similar ceremony will also be held in the holy city of Karbala.

Iraq’s former dictator Saddam Hossein detained al-Hakim in 1983 and kept him behind bars until 1991. The influential cleric authored dozens of books and monographs, mostly on Shia jurisprudence.