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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  • Irfan A.
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    American terrorist

  • Banik H.
    a day

    Brut the ISIS-Red Terror-ISI broadcast media industry

  • Haresh K.
    2 days

    This Iranian Goo is an ET. √

  • Zuhaib K.
    2 days

    🇮🇷 live long

  • Khalid L.
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    With some so economic sanctions and whatnot, what's exemplary to notice is that the will to die standing on the feet rather than living on knees. Kudos to Iran.

  • Haider Z.
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    Great leader I love Iran and it's leaders

  • Shazad M.
    3 days

    Iran’s so called leaders guard their private lives because they have major sessions drinking expensive champagne and smoking Cuban cigars, racing Ferrari’s and Lamborghinis in their private luxurious compounds away from prying eyes, the eyes of the common poor downtrodden ordinary set upon citizens. When they ousted the Shah they went from the frying pan in to the fire. Iran is now a putrid cesspit of vipers who are in control.

  • Safran H.
    3 days

    wat zegt deze haatbaard

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  • Hatim F.
    4 days

    A great man, trying to live peacefully but the west doesn't want a peaceful Iran.

  • Baktash R.
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  • Farid K.
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    Rest in hell for him!

  • Thomas H.
    4 days

    while you where sleeping Islam has collapsed their is no preserved Quran.

  • Maz T.
    4 days

    Such a Barbaric regime which is against humanity and morality...sadness for Persian and Iranian people

  • Shammas A.
    5 days

    joris bonson father and son

  • Syed M.
    6 days

    Aal e Nabi saw Aulaad e Ali .. Rehber e Musalmanan e Jahan .. the real hero of Islam in this century so far who taught us not to kneel before oppression despite how mighty and strong it is... never to kneel before America and Israel ..

  • Syed J.
    6 days

    What are his regional objectives gruesome annihilation of ahlul sunnah.. you will be held accountable for the atrocities done to the people of Baghdad Syria aleppo Homs Sanaa and Beirut

  • Hamid A.
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    Love you, my honour, my pride.

  • Usamedin I.
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  • Shiz K.
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    The true warriors are iranian people.