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By John Murphy

Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was once born right into a kin of strict piety and reasonable poverty. As a serious-minded spiritual scholar, he quickly stuck the attention of the Ayatollah Khomeini. Upon Khomeini's loss of life, Khamenei used to be named his successor and have become the Grand Ayatollah of Iran. This biography tells his tale.

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He was studying to become a Muslim cleric.

37 38 ali khamenei Ali’s supporters argued that his sons should become caliphs, thereby preserving succession through the Prophet’s bloodline. The ruling Mecca elite, however, preferred Mu’awiya, of the influential Umayyads. Ali’s sons, perhaps sensing that there could be no fighting the power of the Mecca aristocracy, withdrew their claims, and Mu’awiya became caliph. Yet Ali’s followers did not abandon their belief in the hereditary succession of the caliphate, and they formed their own party in opposition to the Umayyads and their Mecca backers.

Eventually, some friends of his father pooled their resources and bought the Khamenei family a small plot of land adjoining their home, allowing them to put an addition on the house and expand it to three rooms. It is generally believed that Ali Khamenei and his wife and six children lead a similarly simple, pared-down life, even though he has risen to the high rank and status of supreme leader of Iran. A Religious Education Given Sayyed Javad Khamenei’s emphasis on religion and spirituality, it is no surprise that he enrolled his sons in traditional Islamic religious schools at the earliest possible opportunity, this despite the fact that Iran under Reza Shah Pahlavi and his son Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi was becoming more and more secular and Westernized.

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