Habar Gidir

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Habar Gidir
هبر جدير
Somali and Arabic
Sunni Islam
Related ethnic groups
Abgaal, and other Hawiye and Samaale

The Habar Gidir (Somali: Habar Gidir, Arabic: هبر جدير) or Averghedir is a subclan of the Hawiye and the even larger Samaale clan. It is one of the major sub-clans of the Hawiye and Somali clans in general. This clan has produced many prominent Somali figures including the first Prime Minister of Somalia and Somalia's fifth President.[1][2]


Former president of Somalia Abdiqasim Salad Hassan

The Habar Gidir are a Hiraab sub-clan.[3] The patriarch of the Habar Gidir is Madarkicis Hiraab one of the sons of Hiraab. He had two wives. His relationship with Asha Karshe Mohamed bore him two children named Sacad and Saleeban. With Raaray Gidir Karanle he had two more children named Ayr and Suruur. When Asha died he pled with Raaray Gidir to raise and care for his children from Asha as if they were her own. She obliged to his wish. Madarkicis Hiraab's gratitude toward her kind act is eternally shown in how his descendents are not named after him but Raaray Gidir. This is the origin story for where the name Habar Gidir stems from.


The first Prime Minister of Somalia Abdullahi Issa Mohamud

The Habar Gidir are a sub-clan of the Hawiye. This gives the Habar Gidir immediate lineal ties with the other Hawiye sub-clans.The Hawiye descend from Irir Samaale who was one of the sons of Samaale. Due to this the Habar Gidir also have kinship with the Dir (Irir) and the other Samaale sub-clans that are the Hawadle, Ajuran, Degoodi, and Gaalje'el clan groups.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]


The Habar Gidir primarily live in the central regions of Mudug and Galgaduud in Galmudug and in Hiran located in Hirshabelle. The clan can also be found throughout Southern Somalia especially in Banaadir (Mogadishu) and Lower Shabelle where they have a large presence. Moreover, they can be found in some parts of Jubaland.[11] Furthermore, in Somalia they have a significant presence in the northern regions of Togdheer and Sool.The clan also lives in the Somali region of Ethiopia in particular the areas neighboring Galmudug. In addition to this the Habar Gidir can also be found in the expatriate communities of the Somali diaspora.

Role and Influence in Somalia[edit]

The Habar Gidir clan has produced many prominent Somali figures. The first prime minister of Somalia Abdullahi Issa Mohamud was from this clan.[1] Somalia's fifth president Abdiqasim Salad Hassan was also a member.[2] They have also held many other important and high ranking positions in governance with a large variety that includes Minister of Economic Affairs, Minister of Foreign Affairs, head of Somali National Security, chief of staff of the Somali armed forces, and many more.[12][13] In addition to this the Habar Gidir are at the forefront of civics in the central state of Galmudug. The state was conceived and established by them to govern were they traditionally live in central Somalia. Their role in Somali affairs is not limited to only governance. Habar Gidirs also play an important role in business. For instance the head of the Somali airline company Jubba Airways is Habar Gidir. The clan has also produced many influential members of the Somali media. Yusuf Garaad Omar who was the chairman of BBC Somali for over a decade and helped pioneer its rise during his tenure is Habar Gidir. Magool and Hasan Adan Samatar who are among some of the most famous Somali musicians of all time also hail from this clan. Currently the Habar Gidir play a large role primarily in the Somali regions of Galmudug and Banaadir (Mogadishu) but also Somalia as a whole.

Clan tree[edit]

Ali Jimale Ahmed outlines the Hawiye clan genealogical tree in The Invention of Somalia:[3]

  • Samaale
    • Irir
      • Hawiye
        • Gugundhabe
        • Gorgate
          • Hiraab
            • Mudulood
              • Abgaal
                • Harti
                • Wabudhan
                  • Da'oud
                  • Reer Mattan
                  • Mohamed Muse
                • Wa'esli
              • Wacdaan
              • Moobleen
              • Ujajeen
            • Duduble
              • Awradeen
              • Mohamed Camal
              • Maqalsame
              • Aarsade
              • Celi
              • Daud
              • Bisin
            • Habar Gidir
              • Sacad
              • Saleebaan
              • Cayr
              • Saruur
              • Sifaadle
          • Silcis
          • Wadalaan
        • Haskul
        • Rarane
        • Karanle
          • Kaariye Karanle
          • Gidir Karanle
          • Sixaawle Karanale
          • Murusade Karanle
          • Fadumo Karanle

Prominent figures[edit]


Abdullahi Issa, First prime minister of Somalia, 1949–1960 and chairman of the Somali Youth League


  • K’naan, Somali Canadian poet, rapper, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist.
  • Haliima Magool (Halima Khaliif Omar), singer and musician
  • Hasan Adan Samatar, singer and musician
  • Abdi Indhobuur, poet and composer of many patriotic songs abdulahi abdi weheliye also Sulfa, Salaad Derbi, Nuur eebo, Keynaan, and many more



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