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Khamenei Was No Ordinary Baby, Cleric Says

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's status in Iran isn't what it was.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's status in Iran isn't what it was.
While most babies cry after they are born, Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the name of the first Imam of the Shi'a as he was about to be born. That's according to Ayatollah Mohammad Saeedi, the Friday Prayer leader of the Iranian holy city of Qom.

In a video that's making the rounds and was reportedly aired on Iranian state television, Saeedi tells his audience an anecdote about the birth of Khamenei. He says Khamenei's half-sister has said that the midwife who was helping Khamenei's mother give birth told her that when Khamenei was about to leave his mother's body, he said, "Ya Ali," to which the midwife responded, "May Ali protect you."

Khamenei's supporters have been trying to elevate his religious status. Many call him Imam Khamenei and claim he is an associate of the Hidden Imam who they believe will appear to bring peace and justice on Earth.

During Khamenei's trip to Qom in October, reports said copies of his family tree had been distributed that showed him as a descendent of the fourth Imam of the Shi'a.

Some bloggers said the lighting of Khamenei's car during his trip to Qom was aimed at giving an artificial halo.

Saeedi's comments appear to be part of the same efforts.

Observers say Khamenei's status was seriously damaged following his support for President Mahmud Ahmadinejad during the 2009 postelection crisis. While criticizing Khamenei before the disputed vote was considered taboo and a red line very few were willing to cross, since then the Iranian leader has become a target of criticism and been directly blamed for human rights violations.

Khamenei's pictures have been reportedly torn apart and set on fire during opposition protests and many protesters have chanted slogans against him.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari
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by: Sassan from: California
April 15, 2011 17:47

by: Anonymous
April 17, 2011 11:15
pity he was born

by: Dana from: Sweden
April 19, 2011 11:01
Another major facepalm of this stupidity!

by: john from: johnstown
April 21, 2011 21:16
For clerics to tell a lie to elevate the status of Khamenei dishonors Islam. It says that illusions may be given to the believers than the truth. If there are believers in Islam that adhere to these lies then it shows how ignorant the teaching makes these people.Al of this about the fact that Muhammad didn't name a leader upon his death. This bit about Khamenei saying the name of the first Imam is Absurb. Oh and the idea who should lead. Maybe these Imams should wait for the Hidden Imam who could be the Christ.

by: Hamik C Gregory from: Reno, NV USA
April 22, 2011 18:16
Inventing lies, falsehoods, and half truths and repeating them so many times that they end up believing in them. That’s what the Nazis did.
Don’t forget that the Nazis were in Iran in 1930’s.

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