The life of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

This is how Ayatollah Ali Khamenei became the single most powerful person in Iran.

Who is really Ali Khamenei, the supreme guide of Iran?

He is one of the most powerful religious leaders in the world, but his private life remains very secret. This is the story of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is one of the most feared religious leaders in the world. At 80, the supreme leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran keeps his private life secret. Here is what is known about one of the oldest serving religious leaders in the world.

Very young, they follow religious studies

Ali Khamenei was born in 1939 in Mashhad, the holiest city in Iran. He is the second child in a family of eight and grew up in a poor family. At 11, he followed in his father's footsteps and became a religious scholar. He then went to Qom, a holy Shiite city, to study Sharia law. At the time, Iran was a secular monarchy ruled by shah. He was only about 20 years old when he came under the tutelage of Ruhollah Khomeyni, a charismatic clerk who preaches religious conservatism and opposes shah. Ruhollah Khomeyni and his disciples criticize the head of state for his pro-American policy aimed at imposing Islamic law.

Opposition claimed to shah

In 1963, the shah exiled Ruhollah Khomeyni, and Ali Khamenei continued to spread his teachings. Ali Khamenei is repeatedly arrested, tortured and placed in solitary confinement. During the 1960s and 1970s, the opposition movement grew, leading to a popular uprising that overthrew the shah. In 1979, Ruhollah Khomeyni returned and became Supreme Guide to a new Islamic republic. Ruhollah Khomeyni invites Ali Khamenei to integrate his new government and names him imam of the big Friday prayer in Tehran. At 42, he gives a speech in a mosque when a bomb explodes next to him, paralyzing his right hand for the rest of his life.

President, then Supreme Guide

In 1981, he became president of Iran, a position which gave him little real power. In 1989, when Ruhollah Khomeyni died, Ali Khamenei was considered to be his successor. At 49, he was therefore elected Supreme Leader, which gave him direct control over the army, the justice system and the public media. It also has partial control over parliament, elections and public enterprises. He spreads his influence by strengthening the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, whose scarf he wears. It also develops the country's nuclear program by encouraging distrust of Western countries. He describes in particular the United States of Britain as evil, as a cursed regime and as cancer represented by the Zionist regime.

A dictator?

But in 2009, reformist politician Mir Hossein Moussavi, who claimed victory in the presidential election, called on his supporters to take to the streets. This uprising is known as the “green movement”. However, the authorities refused Moussavi's victory, and the police brutally ended the protests. Today, at more than 80 years old, he partially controls the country's politics. His detractors call him a dictator, unlike the shah he overthrew. Despite his fame, to this day, American officials continue to confuse him with his predecessor.


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  • Kamiri S.
    7 hours

    We r aware that Iranian are great people with a band leader who cares very little about his people , he's reckless, responded to USA provocation with little wisdom . Ordered his Military to reiterate with missiles that brought down an aeroplane that killed almost a hundred Iran innocent people, poor him

  • Salim K.
    7 hours

    We love you the Supreme Leader

  • Salim K.
    7 hours

    Long live Khameni

  • Sayed M.
    8 hours

    We love IRGC and khamenai

  • Shiv B.
    8 hours

    Islamist terrorist

  • Jim G.
    8 hours

    H's a murderous lowlife.

  • Hussain J.
    8 hours

    Allah bless him

  • Bell B.
    12 hours

    What is the point of fighting.! Who gain n who lost..! Any benefit...! The people are suffering to leave a descent life on earth for temporary .

  • Yosi S.
    12 hours

    Great leader who loves his people and country

  • Kevan M.
    16 hours

    He's probably gay or dresses up in women clothes pretty obvious really

  • Deber S.
    19 hours

    It’s generations that have changed everything.

  • Samuel L.
    a day

    He is a complete monster who believes in a fundamentalist form of Shia Islam.

  • Dave M.
    a day

    He's a dictator, that's how he took power, just speak against him as an Iranian and see what happens to you.

  • Theron S.
    2 days

    He isn’t dumb as you think.🇺🇸

  • Robert B.
    2 days

    I just want to say, we're not under the commandments of the law of Moses but we are covered by the Grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus the Christ

  • Prince A.
    2 days

    He is the person for whom America still is afraid of attacking Iran. His revolutionary force is always ready to traumatize USA

  • El V.
    2 days

    He Is the most powerful religious leader on his country only, not the world, this and others news media are out of this planet.

  • Darren H.
    3 days

    Send a drone over and give him a birthday present.

  • Daniel H.
    3 days

    Bla bla! He is just using the religion of islam to get more powerful and use the irans money to get more rich and live wealthy

  • Randy M.
    3 days

    If only he could give his beloved General.