Ahmad Alamolhoda

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Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda
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Ahmad Alam ul-Hoda in his office at Mashhad 2014
Title Ayatollah
Born (1944-09-01) September 1, 1944 (age 73)
Mashhad, Iran
Era Modern era
Religion Islam
Main interest(s) Fiqh, Kalam and philosophy

Ahmad Alamolhoda (also Alam Olhoda or Alam al-Hoda) (Persian: احمد علم الهدی‎) is an Iranian Shia Islamic cleric who has been described as "senior"[1] and "conservative"[2] and "hardline."[3] His rank has been given both as Hojjatoleslam[4] and Ayatollah.[5] He is the Friday Prayer leader in Mashhad, Iran[4] and is also that city's representative in the Iranian Assembly of Experts.[6] Alamolhoda is a member of Combatant Clergy Association.[7]

Alamolhoda name appeared in the international media as a speaker at a December 30, 2009 rally held in favor of the Islamic regime, where he was quoted as calling opponents of the supreme leader Ali Khamenei In comments broadcast on Iranian state TV, Alamolhoda told demonstrators,

"Enemies of the leader, according to the Quran, belong to the party of Satan ... Our war in the world is war against the opponents of the rule of the supreme leader."[8]

Alamolhoda was also a strong critic of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the previous head of the Assembly of Experts, whom Alamolhoda attacked for “his silence in the face of unprecedented insults against the leader of the revolution” (Ali Khamenei), and warned to “reform his behavior before it was too late.”[6]

Ayatollah Alam ul Hoda has said during Friday prayer that, John Kerry the foreign minister of the United States, told Iran he ‘wished U.S. had a leader like Iran’s supreme leader’. The foreign minister of USA said this statement to Javad Zarif, the foreign minister of Iran.[9]

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Ayatollah Mahdi Ebadi
Friday prayers Imam of Mashhad
2005–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent