Famous Iraqi Spiritual & Religious Leaders

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Nimrod
(Biblical Figure)
Nimrod
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Birthplace: Sangara
Died: 1638 BC
Nimrod appears in the Bible as a ruler of Shinar, or Mesopotamia. Genesis and the Books of Chronicles state he was the son of Cush. Some sources link him to the Towel of Babel. He has been identified with countless real and mythical figures, such as the Mesopotamian god Ninurta.
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Enoch
(Methuselah's father)
Enoch
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Birthplace: Babylon
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Idris
(Prophet)
Idris
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Birthplace: Babylon, Iraq
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Nehemiah
4
Birthdate: 0473 BC
Birthplace: Babylon, Iraq
Died: 0403 BC
Hujjat-Allah al-Mahdi
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Birthdate: July 28, 0869
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Abbasid Samarra
Died: July 4, 0874
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Terah
(Abraham's Father)
Terah
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Birthdate: 1883 BC
Birthplace: Ur of the Chaldees
Died: 1678 BC

According to the Book of Genesis, Terah is the father of the patriarch Abraham. Mentioned in Genesis 11:26–27, Terah is identified as the one who led his family on a mysterious journey to Canaan, which might have played a crucial role in the events that later unfold in Abraham's life.

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Hillel the Elder
(Jewish scholar)
Hillel the Elder
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Birthdate: 0110 AD
Birthplace: Babylonia
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Ahmad ibn Hanbal
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Birthdate: 0780 AD
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: 0855 AD

Ahmad ibn Hanbal was an Arab Muslim theologian, jurist, hadith traditionist, and ascetic. He is credited with founding one of the four prominent legal schools of Sunni Islam, the Hanbali school of Sunni jurisprudence. A highly active and influential scholar, Ahmad ibn Hanbal is widely regarded as one of the most respected intellectual personalities in the history of Islam.

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Al-Mustaʿṣim
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Birthdate: 1213 AD
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: February 20, 1258
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Ali al-Sistani
(Theologian, Akhoond)
Ali al-Sistani
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Birthdate: August 4, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mashhad
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Al-Muʿtaṣim
(ʿAbbāsid caliph)
Al-Muʿtaṣim
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Birthdate: 0796
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: January 5, 0842
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Al-Mutawakkil
(Caliph of Baghdad)
Al-Mutawakkil
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Birthdate: March 31, 0822
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Iraq, Iraq
Died: December 11, 0861
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Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah
(Twelver Shia Cleric Who Founded Several Islamic Religious Schools)
Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah
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Birthdate: November 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Najaf, Iraq
Died: July 4, 2010

Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah was a twelver Shia cleric. He is credited with founding several Islamic religious schools. He also gave many lectures, wrote dozens of books, and established the Mabarrat Association. Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah is best remembered for his liberal views on women.

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Yitzhak Kaduri
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Birthdate: 1898 AD
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: January 28, 2006
 15 
Saadia Gaon
3
Birthdate: 0882
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arab Caliphate
Died: May 21, 0942
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Ibn al-Jawzi
(Hagiographer)
Ibn al-Jawzi
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Birthdate: 1116 AD
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
Died: June 16, 1201
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Al-Muʿtaḍid
2
Birthdate: 0857 AD
Birthplace: Iraq
Died: April 5, 0902
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Yasser Al-Habib
2
Birthdate: January 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Iraq
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Isaac of Nineveh
2
Birthdate: 0613 AD
Birthplace: Qatar
Died: 0700 AD
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Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr
(Prominent Iraqi Shia marja)
Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr
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Birthdate: March 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kadhimiya, Baghdad, Iraq
Died: February 19, 1999
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Ibn Khallikān
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Birthdate: September 22, 1211
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Iraq
Died: October 30, 1282
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Anan ben David
(Religious leader)
Anan ben David
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Birthdate: 0715 AD
Birthplace: Iraq
Died: 0795 AD
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Hai Gaon
(Rabbi)
Hai Gaon
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Birthdate: 0939 AD
Birthplace: Babylonia, Iraq
Died: March 28, 1038
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Rav Ashi
(Rabbi)
Rav Ashi
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Birthdate: 0352 AD
Birthplace: Babylon
Died: 0427 AD
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Abu Abdallah al-Shi'i
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Birthplace: Kufa, Iraq
Died: February 8, 0911
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Amram Gaon
(Author)
Amram Gaon
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Birthdate: 0810 AD
Birthplace: Sura
Died: 0875 AD
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Raphael I Bidawid
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Birthdate: April 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mosul, Iraq
Died: July 7, 2003
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Aḥa Of Shabḥa
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Birthdate: 0680 AD
Birthplace: Shabha, Iraq
Died: 0761 AD
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Reuben
Reuben
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Birthdate: 1569 BC
Died: 1445 BC
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Rachel
(Jacob's wife)
Rachel
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Birthplace: Paddan Aram
Died: 1553 BC