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[Arab., shiat Ali,=the party of Ali], the second largest branch of Islam, Shiites currently account for 10%–15% of all Muslims. Shiite Islam originated as a political movement supporting Ali (cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam) as the
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ayatollah

one of a class of Iranian Shiite religious leaders
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He said that as the Supreme Leader has reiterated penetration is more dangerous than war, and added, "Penetration is very dangerous and for the same reason Ayatollah Khamenei has issued a timely warning in this respect.
In order to make this work of art, the filmmakers are putting themselves in danger because, as they put it, they are not certain that the Ayatollah has a sense of humor.
The continued detention of critics of the regressive clerical, military dictatorship, such as Ayatollah Boroujerdi, demonstrates the Khamenei regime s wanton disregard for religious freedom and human rights.
Hard-line clerics like Ayatollah Khamenei still believe that Iranians must purify themselves and adhere uncritically to their leaders' ideological exhortations.
While Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has no special religious credentials, Ayatollah Montazeri was a marja, or source of emulation, the highest standing a cleric can hold in Shiite Islam and was one once of the teachers of Ayatollah Khamenei.
Instead, he says, they will use their political power to hamper the ability of the Ayatollah and Ahmadinejad to govern.
Some of our enemies in different parts of the world intended to depict this absolute victory, this definitive victory, as a doubtful victory," Ayatollah Khamenei said at Friday prayers at Tehran University.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has previously urged Iranians to unite behind hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he has "insisted that the Guardian Council carefully probe this letter.
We today received news of the death of Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad Reda al-Shirazi, the son of Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad al-Husseini al-Shirazi, who died of a heart attack," Sayyid Ali al-Talqani, the official in charge of the al-Rasoul al-Aadham Foundation's public relations office, told Aswat al-Iraq a" Voices of Iraq a" (VOI).
And when Iraq's Tehran-allied Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani becomes the new Ayatollah Khomeini of Baghdad, issuing "Great Satan" declamations against the United States and sending terrorist cells to attack us, what then?
You will never be able to secure the energy supply of this region," Khamenei told thousands in the Ayatollah Khomeini shrine in south Tehran.