The Darod (Somali: Darood or Daarood, Arabic: بني داوود) is a Somali clan. The father of this clan is named Abdirahman bin Isma'il al-Jabarti, but is more commonly known as Darod. In the Somali language, the word Daarood means "an enclosed compound," a conflation of the two words daar (compound) and ood (place enclosed by wall, trees, woods, fence, etc).
The Darod population in Somalia lives principally in the north, with a presence in the Mogadishu area as well as southwestern Somalia. Outside of Somalia proper, there are various Darod sub-clans in the Somali Region and the North Eastern Province (currently administered by Ethiopia and Kenya, respectively), as well as Yemen.
4 Sons of Daarood
6 Partial sub-clan summary
7 Notable Darod people
8 Darod's resting place
11 External links
The 9th century Islamic writers Al- Masudi and Yaqut Ibn Abudllah Al-Hamawi wrote in their book Aqeeliyoon( a book that describes the lives and lineages of the descendants of the prophet Mohammed's young cousin Aqeel Ibn Abu Talib) that several Quraish sub-clans moved to to the city of Jabarta and the Zeila region around the ninth century A.D. Some key sub-clans include Banu Shams, Banu Abd Manaf and Banu Hashim. From the Banu Hashim, many Aquiline settlers lived in Jabarta such as Ahmed Ibn Husein Ibn Ali Al-Jabarti, Ahmed Ibn Omar Al-Zayli and most importantly he mentions the sufi Qadiriyah sheik Ismail Ibn Ibrahim Ibn Abdisamad Al-Aqeeyli Al-Zayli who is considered a Sufi saint in Yemen, the father of Darod(Abdirahman) the man most modern Darood claim have descended from. This sufi sheikh also had other sons -who all carry the surname "Jabarti"- where their tribes can be found in Southern Yemen, Eriteria, and parts of Saudi Arabia.
The majority of Darod clan members claim to be descendants of Muhammad ibn Aqil, son of Aqeel ibn Abi Talib. Aqeel ibn Abi Talib was the second of four sons of Abu Talib ibn ‘Abd al-Muttalib, who was the uncle and protector of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad. Abu Talib during those early days was head of the Banu Hashim. The Darod have strong tribal relationships with the other Hashemites.
According to early Islamic books and Somali tradition, Muhammad ibn Aqil's descendant Abdirahman bin Isma'il al-Jabarti, a son of the Sufi sheikh of the Qadiriyyah Order, was born in Jabarta, northeastern Somalia in either the 9th or 10th centuries AD, where he took the daughter of the Dir chief as his wife. Darod was also good friends with Sheikh Isaaq bin Ahmed al-Hashimi, another Banu Hashim who came to Somalia around the same time and is also the father of another clan in Somalia known as Reer Isaaq.
The Darod were supporters of Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi during his 16th century conquest of Ethiopia, especially the Geri, Marehan, Yabarre, Harti, Bartire sub-clans, who fought at the Battle of Shimbra Kure and many others 
Darod is the son of the famous Sufi Sheikh, Ismail bin Ibrahim Al-Jabarti, who was born in Yemen but raised in Jabarti. He is considered by almost all Darod Somalis to be desceneded from the Bani Hashim.
According to the book Aqeeliyoon, his lineage is: Abdirahmaan Bin Ismaa'iil Bin Ibraahim Bin Abdirahmaan Bin Muhammed Bin Abdi Samad Bin Hanbal Bin Mahdi Bin Ahmed Bin Abdallah Bin Muhammed Bin Aqil Bin Abu-Talib Bin Abdul-Mutalib Bin Hashim. 
Sons of Daarood
Darod had five sons, and they are:
Muhammad ibn AbdiRahman, known by his nickname '"Kablalax
Ahmed ibn AbdiRahman, known by his nickname Sade Daarood
Hussien ibn AbdiRahman known by his nickname Tanade Daarood
Yuosuf ibn AbdiRahman= Awrtable Daarood
Eissa ibn AbdiRahman= Ciise Daarood
Some sources, including the Canadian Report of the Somalia Commission of Inquiry, indicate that the Darod is the largest Somali clan. The CIA and Human Rights Watch, however, indicate that Hawiye is the largest Somali clan. The CIA indicates that the Darod make up 40% of the Somalis in Ethiopia and Kenya.
Partial sub-clan summary
Ika Hume Geri
Reer faarax ugaas
Reer Cilmi Maxamed
Maqaabul(Makaahiil & Reer Sacad)
Reer Ali Sheikh
Bah Habar Osmaan
Bah Habar Hasan
Aamir Of Garad Mohamoud
Garad Liban (Tuure)
Reer Yaasuf of Mohamud Omar[Yasif Omar]
Reer Yusuf of Garad Mohamoud
Reer Maxamed Ciise
Reer Salax Roble
Reer Cali Abokor
Notable Darod people
Mohammed Sheikh Adden, Marehan, Somali intellectual, former head of Somali Technological Development, Minister of Information, Minister of Education, Marehan, Head of the Ideology Bureau SRRC
Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, Majeerteen, President of Somalia's transitional government since 2004
Abdulrahman Jama Barre, Marehan, Somali Foreign Minister and close relative of Siad Barre
Siad Barre, Marehan, third President of Somalia, 1969–1991
Fatimo Isaak Bihi, Marehan, First Somali female ambassador, Ambassador to Geneva, Director of the African Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Abdi Bile, Dhulbahante, winner of the 1,500 metres at the "1987 World Championships in Athletics"
Faarax Maxamed Jaamac Cawl, Warsangeli, writer
Hassan Abshir Farah, Majeerteen, former Mogadishu mayor, Somali ambassador to Japan and later to Germany, interior minister of Puntland, prime minister of Transitional Federal Government from Arta, and current TFG minister of fishing and marine resources
Nuruddin Farah, Ogaden, prominent writer and winner of the 1998 Neustadt International Prize for Literature
Ali Khalif Galaid, Dhulbahante, former TNG Prime Minister of Somalia
Ali Matan Hashi, Marehan, first Somali pilot, commander of Somali Airforce 1959-1978, Minister of Justice, Minister of Health, Somali Nationalist.
Mohammed Abdullah Hassan (Maxamed Cabdulle Xasan), Ogaden, the Sayyid; called the Mad Mullah by the British
Mohamud Muse Hersi, Majeerteen, President of Puntland
Mohamed Abdi Hashi, Dulbahante, Former President of Puntland, Former Vice-president of Puntland, Former Chairman of USP (United Somali Party) Pan-Somali party. Known for his surpassing integrity, nationalism and fairness.
Aden Ibrahim Aw Hirsi, Marehan, Author, Islamic Jurisprudence/Political Science scholar, governor of Gedo region 2007-
Mohamud Hashi Abdi Hoosh, Marehan, Jubba Regional Army Command 1980-1991
Abdirizak Haji Hussein, Majeerteen, Prime Minister of Somalia.
Ahmed Farah Ali 'Idaja', Marehan, one of the first Somali language writers and 'father' of the Somali written folklore
Warsame Indhoole, Marehan, Director of the Somali Developmental Crash Program, oversaw the successful Somali literacy campaign
Hirsi Magan Isse, Majeerteen, scholar and one of the leaders of the Somalian revolution
Osman Yuusuf Keenadiid, Majeerteen, inventor of the Osmanya writing script
Yaasiin Cismaan Keenadiid, Majeerteen, author of the Somali Dictionary and founding member of the Somali Youth League
Mohammed Awale Liban, Majeerteen, designed the flag of Somalia
Mire Hagi Farah Mohamed, Majeerteen, Somali Finance Minister 2004-2006, and former Mayor Of Kismayo port City
Mohammed Said Hersi Morgan, Majeerteen, defence minister beginning of 1990s
Mohammed Jibril Muse, Majeerteen, former Chief of Somali Secret Service, General and later on Police chief of state of Puntland
Said Sheikh Samatar, Leelkase, professor at Rutgers University
Abdirashid Ali Shermarke, Majeerteen, second President of Somalia, 1967–1969
Mohamoud Ali Shire, Warsangeli, Sultan of former "British Somaliland" (1897–1960)
Hussein Shuqul, Marehan, Head of "Jaalle Siyaad" National Military College
Ahmed Warsame, Marehan, Head of the Somali Military
Xasan Xayle, Warsangeli, Somali poet from Las Khorey
Farah Maalim, Ogaden, Deputy Speaker in the Parliament of Kenya
Mohamed Yussuf Haji, Ogaden, Defense Minister of Kenya
Darod's resting place
Darod is buried in an old town called Haylaan near Badhan in the north-eastern Sanaag region of Somalia. His wife Dobira is buried just outside of the town.
Darod's resting place
Darod's resting place
Darod's resting place
Dobira's resting place
Dobira's resting place
Haylaan, former home of Darod and his resting place
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