HOLY NAJAF, Iraq: Revered Iraqi Shiite leader Abdul Aziz al-Hakim,
son of grand Marje Sayed Mohsin Al-Hakim (late), was buried beside his
brother amid frenzied scenes in holy city of Najaf on Saturday August
29, following his death from lung cancer three days ago.
His brother Ayatullah Sayed Baqer Al-Hakim, martyred in bombing
outside the holy Haidari shrine, was buried on the same date and month
some years back.
Al-Hakim's eldest son, Ammar al-Hakim, read to a crowd of tens of
thousands of mourners Saturday what he said was his father's will.
In it, he said, his father asked Iraqis to unite, to preserve the
constitution and to take part in elections, which he described as "a
religious and national duty."
The reading and burial procession from the crowded narrow streets of
the holy city of Najaf was broadcast on al-Forat TV, the television
station of the elder al-Hakim's political party, the Islamic Supreme
Council of Iraq.
Attendees looking to pay their final respects watched as the
flag-draped coffin with the leader's family turban atop it was paraded
through his birthplace.
Crowds of mourners pushed to get close enough to touch the casket. As
the casket was carried out of the vehicle, security forces had to push
back dozens of mourners who were sobbing as they tried to touch the
coffin and carry it.
Al-Hakim, who was born in 1950, died Wednesday in Tehran, Iran.