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Al-Hakim's work 'will go on'
Mourners gathered at the funeral of Shia cleric Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim
Abd-al-Aziz al-Hakim told occupation troops to leave Iraq

The brother of murdered Shia cleric Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim has praised the dead cleric's contribution to Iraq's development and pledges that his work will continue.

The following is the text of the eulogy delivered by Abd-al-Aziz al-Hakim on Tuesday outside a mosque in Kufa, as broadcast live by Lebanese Al-Manar TV:

God's peace be upon you. God's peace be on Al-Husayn, Ali Bin-al-Husayn, the children of Al-Husayn, and the companions of Al-Husayn. Peace be upon you, my lord and master.

Save this nation from the ordeals it is going through. We congratulate you. Today, another martyr joined the martyrs. He is now with God.

The others have decided to go on this path. For decades, they have been offering convoys of martyrs in defence of Islam, justice, the creed of Prophet Muhammad's household and the interests of Iraq and the Iraqis. They will not stop doing this.

Peace be upon you, my lord and master.

'We will pursue your march'

My master, I say that we will continue and the sons of Iraq will continue on the same path, for which you sacrificed yourself. May God make us martyrs on your path.

Iraq must not remain occupied and the occupation must leave so that we can build Iraq as God wants us to do
Abd-al-Aziz al-Hakim

My master, the criminals who killed you tried to assassinate the religious authority of Al-Hawzah. They tried to destroy this blessed and great march.

However, these devilish dreams will never come true. We will continue to pursue them and stand in the face of all plots that are hatched against this blessed country.

My master, we will pursue your march. You were for all the Iraqis, the Shiis and Sunnis, the Arabs and Kurds, Turkomans and other minorities. You defended the rights of everybody.

You were greatly successful in bringing real unity between the people of Iraq, in which the rights of all are respected and there is no dictatorship or sectarian or ethnic oppression.

'Iraq must not remain occupied'

We work for a free, independent and stable Iraq. Iraq must not remain occupied and the occupation must leave so that we can build Iraq as God wants us to do.

We will continue on this path, God willing. We want security and stability for this country. We said before the war, which we did not accept, and we told them clearly that tanks, artillery, helicopters and other advanced weapons cannot achieve security and stability in the cities.

We proposed an integral plan based on [word indistinct] the nation and its resources, the Iraqi people, its components and national, political and religious forces; the scholars; the tribes and the nobles.

The occupation force is primarily responsible for the pure blood that was spilled in the holy Al-Najaf
Abd-al-Aziz al-Hakim

Those people can form agencies and hunt down the criminals and oppose them and deny them a chance to undermine the security and stability of this sacred country so that pure blood would not be spilled.

It is difficult to compensate for the blood that is spilled. We told them, but they have not accepted this so far.

His eminence the grand ayatollah, the martyr Al-Hakim, referred in his last sermon to this fact. He said that this policy should be adopted so that security can be achieved. Without this policy, security and stability cannot be achieved in this sacred country.

Occupation forces 'responsible for bloodshed'

Therefore, the occupation force is primarily responsible for the pure blood that was spilled in the holy Al-Najaf, the blood of Al-Hakim and the faithful group that was present near the mosque.

This force is primarily responsible for all this blood and the blood that is shed all over Iraq everyday.

The Iraqi people cannot go on in this manner. Therefore, this great people will act to find proper solutions to this predicament if these forces do not shoulder their international responsibilities according to international law.

The Iraqi masses have proven that they have a high measure of awareness. For three days, this pure coffin has shifted from one hand to another and one place to another. We thank the great people for these stands.

BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.

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