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ayatollah:

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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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Ayatollah Khamenei called on the Muslim nations to help resolve the crises in Yemen and Bahrain as they are among the important issues of the Muslim world.
Ayatollah Khamenei underlined that Palestine will be free, and said, "The Zionists' aim to declare Quds the capital of the occupied Palestine which indicates their inability and failure.
Ayatollah Khamenei thanked Major General Ataollah Salehi, who previously held the post, for his loyal services to the Islamic Republic during his tenure.
Ayatollah Khamenei, meantime, warned against the numerous cultural influences by the enemies and urged the Islamic community to slam oppressors who invade innocent people, including Yemenis, Bahrainis and Kashmiris, in the fasting month of Ramadan.
In relevant remarks on Monday, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that Iran will never trust the US as it has not done in the past.
In his message, Iran's Leader hailed Ayatollah Mohseni's efforts in the Islamic country of Afghanistan in political and cultural areas as well as the valuable spiritual legacy that the prominent Afghan cleric left after his death.
However, when Trump announced the sanctions, he referred to the wrong Iranian leader, naming the late Ayatollah Khomeini who was Iran's Supreme Leader from 1979-1989.
Ayatollah Khamenei called for major steps towards improvement of the IRGC.
The Ayatollah has been used by Cardiff City fans since the 1990s and is regularly performed by Cardiff players in response to fans chanting "do the Ayatollah".
"We won't tear the JCPOA up, as long as the other side doesn't, but if they do, we will shred it," Ayatollah Khamenei tweeted. 
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But what exactly is the Ayatollah? How did it originate and how is it performed?