Muhammad Saeed al-Hakim

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Mohammad Saeed Al-Hakim
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Born (1934-02-01) February 1, 1934 (age 83)
Najaf, Iraq
Known for Grand Ayatollah

Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad Sa'id al-Tabataba'i al-Hakim (born 1 February 1934 in Najaf, Iraq)[1] is an Iraqi Twelver Shi'a marja, one of the four members of the Hawza of Najaf and one of the most senior Shia clerics in Iraq after Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.[2]

al-Hakim is the son of Ayatollah Muhammad Ali al-Hakim, grandson of Sayyid Ahmad al-Hakim, and grand nephew of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Muhsin al-Hakim.[3] His second cousin, Sayyed Ammar al-Hakim leads the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, one of the largest Shia political parties in Iraq.

In 2003, he was targeted in an attempted assassination, when his house in Najaf was bombed. Three people were killed but al-Hakim suffered only minor injuries. He had previously been threatened that he would be killed if he didn't leave Najaf. Originally the Sunni fundamentalist Jama'at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad (who later became al-Qaeda in Iraq) was blamed.[4] However, the bombing has also been attributed to followers of rival shia cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr.[5]

Al-Hakim is one of the Ulama signatories of the Amman Message, which gives a broad foundation for defining Muslim orthodoxy.[6]


Sayyid Mohammad Saeed Al-Hakim is a member of the well known and highly respected Hakim Family of Shiite scholars.


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