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Ayatullah Al-Hakim, Emblem of Unity in Iraq

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The “Leader of Unity”.
This was the name given to top scholar – Ayatullah Mohsen Al-Hakim – in a conference marking the 45th anniversary of his death in Erbil.

The man who played a pivotal role in deepening the roots of unity between Iraqis was remembered by hundreds of Kurds as well as top Iraqi and Kurdish officials.

Speaking at the event, Kurdish Premier – Nechirvan Barzani – asserted that Al-Hakim’s stances will never be erased from Kurdish memory.

Iraq’s oil Minister also stressed the importance of reflecting on the lessons taught by Sayyed Al-Hakim to move towards a better Iraq.

Sayyed Al-Hakim is also remembered for standing against the persecution of Sunni scholars in Iraq during the 19-50s.

Iraq’s Shias and Kurds have enjoyed exceptional ties for centuries now. The relations have been reinforced by the honorable stances taken by Ayatullah Mohsen Al-Hakim, who has time and again refused to give legitimacy to spilling Kurdish blood.

At a time when all of Iraq’s ethnic and religious components are targeted by the worst campaign of terror Iraq has ever witnessed; it is important to work towards Ayatullah Al-Hakim’s vision of a strong Iraq with dialogue and unity as its building blocks.

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