Funeral held in Karbala for Iraqi Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Muhammad Saeed al-Hakeem

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A funeral procession has been held for senior Iraqi Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Muhammad Saeed al-Hakeem. Mourners converged on the Iraqi holy city of Karbala on Saturday to bid farewell to the eminent religious figure. Meanwhile, Condolences are pouring in over the passing of Ayatollah al-Hakeem. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian expressed deep sorrow, describing his demise as a great loss. Several Iraqi officials, including President Barham Salih and Secretary-General of Parliament Serwan Abdallah, also sent condolence messages. The Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, too, called Ayatollah Hakeem’s demise a major loss for the world of Islam. The top cleric passed away at the age of 87. He was among four prominent religious figures in Iraq and taught at the religious seminary of Najaf, alongside top cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

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