Khamenei is a head of state, and is considered the most powerful political authority in Iran. Khamenei was the victim of an attempted assassination in June 1981 that paralysed his right arm. According to his official website, Khamenei was arrested six times before being sent into exile for three years during Mohammad Reza Pahlavi's reign. Six months after 2003 invasion of Iraq to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, Ali Khamenei issued a fatwa, that can be changed as and when deemed necessary, saying that the production, stockpiling, and use of weapons of mass destruction are forbidden under Islam. In 2015, an open letter to President Barack Obama from a nephew of Ali Khamenei stated that Khamenei is practicing the Shia doctrine of taqiya in which it is permissible for Muslims to lie to infidels, and in late 2015, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said that Khamenei previously pursued weapons of mass destruction.
Leader of the Islamic RevolutionAyatollahSeyyed Ali Khamenei has highlighted the need to conserve the environment, saying the destruction of the environment would ruin the future of mankind ... Ayatollah Khamenei also pointed to incidents such as forest fires and the shrinking and ...
TEHRAN – Leader of the Islamic RevolutionAyatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday warned against “the great blight” to the ongoing process of environmental degradation, urging both people and officials to resist natural resource destruction ... .
There, he will meet with GrandAyatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, a reclusive 90-year-old Muslim cleric who remains almost completely out of public life. The most revered Shiite cleric in Iraq, the ayatollah rarely meets with foreign dignitaries ... The pope’s most highly anticipated official meeting in Iraq will be with Ayatollah Sistani.
The Pope's Iraq trip could be his most dangerous yet ... Iraqi security guards stand in front of a huge billboard bearing portraits of PopeFrancis and GrandAyatollah Ali al-Sistani in central Baghdad on March 4. One of the key parts of the Pope's itinerary is a Saturday visit to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, a widely revered Shia cleric ... .
... out to Shia Muslims when he meets Iraq's top cleric, GrandAyatollah Ali Sistani ... The 84-year-old, who said he was making the first-ever papal visit to Iraq as a "pilgrim of peace," will also reach out to Shia Muslims when he meets Iraq's top cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani.
The 84-year-old, who said he would make the first-ever papal visit to Iraq as a "pilgrim of peace," will also reach out to Shiite Muslims when he meets Iraq's top cleric, GrandAyatollah Ali Sistani ... .