It is with deep sorrow and profound grief that the Council of European Jamaats shares the news of the demise of Ayatullah Sayyed Muhammad Al Hakeem.

Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem, one of Iraq’s top Shia leaders, passed away aged 85 in the southern Iraqi holy city of Najaf on Friday, 3 September 2021 and was buried on Saturday, 4 September.

At the time of his death, he was one of four Ayatullahs of the Hawza, Najaf’s Shia seminary, along with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

Sayyed Al-Hakeem has written many books and publications, some of which were translated into several languages. He is survived by a wife and eight children.

Sayyed Al-Hakeem was imprisoned between 1983 and 1991 under the government of Saddam Hussein who feared neighbouring Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution would set off “a similar event” in Iraq,

Sayyed Al-Hakeem made great efforts to be involved in community and world affairs. In recent times he met with:
– the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
– a group of orphaned children of the martyrs of the Popular Mobilization Forces
– the Swedish Ambassador to the OIC and called the International Community to Block the Sources of Terrorism and Extremism

Sayyed Mohammed Saeed al-Hakeem has also praised the sacrifices of the oppressed freed female  prisoners of the Shiite Turkmen and Shabak, who were subjected to a great injustice, by the Dash criminals. His Eminence recommended all, especially believers, tribal chiefs and others to be proud of them and respected them, and honoured them.

Please have a look at Sayyed Al-Hakeem’s website to know more about his inspiring life.

Source: Al Jazeera and