The prominent Islamic scholar Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Mohsen al-Hakeem at-Tabatabie
Compiled by: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On June 2, 1969, the prominent Islamic scholar and Source of Emulation, Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Mohsen al-Hakeem at-Tabatabie, passed away in holy Najaf, Iraq, at the age of 84 years. On attaining the status of Ijtehad he lectured at the Najaf Seminary which grew immensely under him to an unprecedented figure of 8000 students.
He also instituted several changes in the curriculum which have had far reaching effects. He always guided the Muslim people amid different political and social upheavals in Iraq and abroad. His historic branding of communism as "kufr" proved the beginning of the end of communism in Iraq.
Following the six-day Zionist war against four Arab countries and occupation of large chunks of their territory, he sent a telegram to heads of Muslim states, calling on them to set aside differences and think of the interests of the Ummah. He has left behind numerous compilations, including “Haqa'eq al-Osoul”, and “Nahj ul-Fuqaha”.
After him, his family was brutally persecuted by the tyrant Saddam, who martyred several of his sons and grandsons, including Ayatollah Mahdi al-Hakeem (in Sudan), after formation in Tehran of the Supreme Assembly for the Islamic Revolution of Iraq (SAIRI) by his son, Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Baqer al-Hakeem.