Hakim family

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The Hakim family
Ethnicity Iraqi
Current region Najaf, Iraq
Religion Shiite Islam

The Hakim family is a prominent family of Shiite Islam scholars who claim descent from the Prophet Muhammad. Their scholarly involvement has revolved around Iraq for centuries. The family faced extensive persecution and executions at the hand of Saddam Hussein's government, yet it maintains a prominent role in Iraq and the Middle East.


First generation[edit]

  • Grand Ayatollah Muhsin al-Hakim (1889–1970) (Arabic: أية الله العظمي سيد محسن الطباطبائ الحكيم‎) was born into a family, the Tabatabaei, renowned for its scholarship. He was always in the forefront to defend Islam and Muslims. He became the sole Marja' in 1961 after the death of the Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Husayn Borujerdi. His son Abdul Aziz al-Hakim was the leader of SIIC, the largest political party in Iraq. Seven of Muhsin al-Hakim's sons were killed, six of them on the orders of Saddam Hussein.
  • Ayatollah Sayyid Ahmad al-Hakim

Second generation[edit]

Third generation[edit]


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