Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammad Bahr al-Uloom

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Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammad Bahr al-Uloom (17 December 1927 - 7 April 2015) was a Shia cleric and the former Prime Minister of Iraq.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Ayatollah Sayyid Mohammad Bahr al-Uloom, born on 17th Rabi as-Sani 1347 AH corresponding to 17 December 1927 AD in Najaf to Ali Bahr al-Uloom, was the 43rd Prime Minister of Iraq and the first President of the Governing Council of Iraq. Mohammad Bahr al-Uloom belonged to a religious, social, and political family that has contributed to building the Iraqi state since 1921. After his initial studies under his father, Mohammad Bahr al-Uloom studied at the Najaf seminary and graduated from there. In 1992, Mohammad Bahr al-Uloom moved to London and remained an active member of the Shia community there. Mohammad Bahr al-Uloom had three sons and four daughters from his marriage with the daughter of Mohammad Hussain Shirazi, the grandson of Mirza Shirazi. Ibrahim Mohammad Bahr al-Uloom, who served as the Iraqi Minister of Oil thrice in the years 2003, 2004, and 2005, and Mohammad Hussain Mohammad Bahr al-Uloom, the Iraqi ambassador to Kuwait are two of Mohammad Bahr al-Uloom's sons. On April 7, 2015, Mohammad Bahr al-Uloom passed away due to kidney failure.

Education[edit | edit source]

  • Ph.D., Islamic Sharia, Faculty of Dar ul Uloom, Cairo University, 1979
  • Masters, Islamic Law, Faculty of Theology, Tehran University, 1970
  • Bachelor, Arabic and Islamic sciences, College of Jurisprudence, Najaf, University of Baghdad

Career[edit | edit source]

  • President, Iraq Interim Governing Council, March 2004 - April 2004
  • President, Iraq Interim Governing Council, July 2003 - August 2003
  • Head, Ahlul Bayt Centre, London, 1980-2003
  • Judge, Kuwait, 1971-1977

Academic Activities[edit | edit source]

  • Founded the El Alamein Institute for Postgraduate Studies in 2007
  • Established the Bajr al-Uloom Foundation which pays attention to the educational needs of the Iraqi people and provides support for it in 2004

Books[edit | edit source]

  • "The Tale of the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain", trans. Najim al-Khafaji, Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017
  • "Fi rihab Ayimat Ahl al-Bayt (Al-Imam Ali) - dirasat tarikhiat siasia" (In the Rehab of the Imams of Ahl al-Bayt [Imam Ali] - a historical and political study), Beirut, 1978
  • "Fi rihab al-Sayidat Zaynab - dirasat tarikhiat hadifa"(In the Rehab of Sayyida Zeinab - a purposeful historical study), Beirut, 1977
  • "Min al Madrasatul Imam Ali (A)- Min dirasat tarikhiat limajmueat min sahabat al'iimam alfidayiyiyn minhum" (From the School of Imam Ali [AS] - A historical study of a group of the Companions of the Imam including the die-hard ones from them), Beirut, 1973

Articles[edit | edit source]

  • Sawwrat Al-Imam al-Hussain wa Ab'aduha (Imam Hussain's [AS] revolution and its dimensions), Beirut, 1984
  • Al-Hasan wal-Hussain Imaman (Al-Hassan [AS] and Al-Hussain [AS] the two imams), Beirut, 1979