Sheekhaal Jaziira (Somali: Sheekhaal Jaziira, Arabic: شيخال جزيرة) also known as Shiikhaal Ba Hassan (Somali: Ba Xassan, Arabic: شيخال آل باحسن) are a Banaadiri[1] clan mainly from the southern coastal cities of; Jaziira, Jilib Marka, Marka[1] and Mogadishu and have established communities in the hinterlands in towns such as Afgooye and the villages around it such as Mareerey due to trading and farming.


Reer Ba Hassan, who are more commonly known as Sheekhaal Jaziira get their name from the town in which their patriarch first settled in (Jasiira). The tomb of their ancestor Sheikh Ba Hassan is also buried in this village synonymous with this clan and it’s destination of siyaaro (pilgrimages) to venerate their ancestor Sheikh Ba Hassan .[2]. In Marka they are part of the local confederacy, 12 Koofi & Mashaayikh along with clans such as Sheekhaal Gendershe, Sheekhaal Aw Cuthmaan, Reer Khadiib, Gaameedle, Duruqba, Reer Maanyo, Ashraaf Bin Hassan, Ashraaf Mahdali, Hatimi, Shanshiya, Shukureere, Juunji and Fasahaale.

Clan Tree

1- Xaaji :

  •  Aw Nuur
  •  Cuthmaan Sheikh Baxar
  •  Aw Khadiib
  •  Faqayow
  •  Amiin Macalin

2- Qaasim :

  •  Aw Cali
  •  Obooy
  •  Aw Mahdi
  •  Aw Sacdi
  •  Faqayow

3- Maad :

  •  Amiin
  •  Cumar Baxar
  •  Sheikh Bilaal


  1. Adam, Anita. Benadiri People of Somalia with Particular Reference to the Reer Hamar of Mogadishu. p. 108.
  2. Haji Mukhtar, Mohamed. Historical Dictionary of Somalia. p. 146.
  3. Ahmed, Hassan. La Citta’ di Marka, I Biimaal e il Dominio Sulla Costa Somala. p. 10.
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