Ahmad Khatami

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Ahmad Khatami
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Tehran's Temporary Friday Prayer Imam
Assumed office
18 December 2005
Appointed byAli Khamenei
Member of the Assembly of Experts
Assumed office
24 February 1999
ConstituencyKerman Province
Majority873,584 (55.96%; 3rd term)[1]
Personal details
Born (1960-05-08) May 8, 1960 (age 58)
Semnan, Iran[2]
Political partySociety of Seminary Teachers of Qom

Sayyid Ahmad Khatami (Persian: احمد خاتمی‎, born 8 May 1960) is a senior Iranian cleric,[3] as well as a senior member of the Assembly of Experts.[4] In December 2005, Ali Khamenei appointed him as Tehran’s substitute Friday prayer leader.[5]

He was born in the city of Semnan, Iran.[6] He studied at seminaries in Qom and Semnan.

In 2006, during the Pope Benedict XVI Islam controversy, Khatami asked the Pope to "fall on his knees in front of a senior Muslim cleric and try to understand Islam."[7] In 2007, he addressed the death sentence issued by Imam Khomeini against Salman Rushdie, saying "In the Islamic Iran that revolutionary fatwa of Imam [Khomeini] is still alive and cannot be changed."[8] In regard to the 2009 Iranian election protests, Khatami denounced demonstrators as rioters who wage war against God ("mohareb"), (a capital crime in Islamic law),[9] and more recently accused reformist presidential candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi of Mohareb as "leaders of sedition."[10]


  1. ^ "Assembly of Experts members" (in Persian). Assembly of Experts. Archived from the original on 2014-10-20. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Iran cleric: Mideast unrest replay of our 1979 Islamic revolution". Haaretz. 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  4. ^ "Senior Iranian Cleric Calls For Setting Up Of New UN". RTT News. 2010-06-11. Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  5. ^ "Ahmad Khatami meets Leader". Mehr News. 2005-12-18. Archived from the original on 2011-07-14. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ "Pope tells Muslims he is 'deeply sorry' for crisis", Malaysia Star, September 17, 2006
  8. ^ "British Muslims". This is London. 2007-06-22. Archived from the original on 2009-06-20. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  9. ^ "Iranian Cleric: Protesters at War With God". VOA News. 2009-07-01. Archived from the original on 2009-07-18. Retrieved 2011-02-18.
  10. ^ Iran opposition leader ready to 'pay any price', by ALI AKBAR DAREINI, AP, 16 February 2011, accessed 4 March 2011

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