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Blogger Muslim Photographer recounts how he met Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei three years ago and took his picture at an Iftar ceremony, the evening meal that breaks the daily fast during Ramadan.

First look at the picture, then I will explain; the picture is from the most memorable Iftar of my life.

Good times.... They went by so quickly.... It was in September 2006, coinciding with the holy month of Ramadan, when I went to photograph the leader’s meeting with outstanding students on behalf of the Student News Channel (Student Basij) at the Imam Khomeini shrine, where I broke my fast after catching a glimpse of my great leader, Seyed Ali. Meanwhile, I captured his Iftar moments on my own camera as well; making it the most memorable Iftar of my life.... I could never forget it.

My great leader didn’t eat much and while breaking his fast, he met with many students, who are his fans and admire him.

In that holy month I had the honor to capture the divine face of my leader on three different occasions and enlighten my eyes by the touch of his hands and bless my mere lips by placing a kiss on his hand.

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Persian Letters is a blog that offers a window into Iranian politics and society. Written primarily by Golnaz Esfandiari, Persian Letters brings you under-reported stories, insight and analysis, as well as guest Iranian bloggers -- from clerics, anarchists, feminists, Basij members, to bus drivers.