Ahmad Khomeini

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Ahmad Khomeini
Born (1946-03-15)15 March 1946
Qom, Iran
Died 16 March 1995(1995-03-16) (aged 50)
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Known for Son of Ruhollah Khomeini and Khadijeh Saqafi
Religion Islam
Spouse(s) Fatemeh Tabatabaei
Children Hassan

Ahmad Khomeini (15[1] March 1946 – 16[2] March 1995) was the younger son of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and father of Hassan Khomeini.

Career and activities[edit]

Ahmad was close to his father, the leader of the Iranian Revolution of 1979. He helped coordinate affairs during and after the Iranian Revolution, in Khomeini's office in Paris and subsequent to the ayatollah's return to Iran in February 1979.[3] He was a member of Iran's Supreme National Security Council without assuming any executive position.[4] He also served as his father's chief of staff until his father's death in 1989. From the summer of 1988 to 1989, death of Khomeini, he was one of the decision-makers in all official issues along with Rafsanjani and Khamenei.[5] He then became the overseer of the Mausoleum of Khomeini.[6]

Personal life[edit]

His wife was Fatemeh Soltani Tabatabai, daughter of Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Bagher Soltani Tabatabai Borujerdi, niece of Imam Musa Sadr, the Shia religious leader of Lebanon.[7] She is also the sister of Sadegh Tabatabai.


Khomeini suffered a heart attack on 12 March 1995, and went into a coma. He died five days later, on 17 March 1995, hours after being connected to life support machinery.[6] At least one author regarded his death as suspicious, stating that "he died in his sleep", without mentioning the heart attack five days prior and subsequent coma.[8] There were also reports that he was murdered by Iranian intelligence agents due to his criticisms about Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.[4] Ahmad Khomeini is entombed next to his father in a grand shrine south of Tehran, where his son, Hassan Khomeini, is the superintendent.


  1. ^ http://en.wikishia.net/view/Sayyid_Ahmad_Khomeini
  2. ^ http://en.wikishia.net/view/Sayyid_Ahmad_Khomeini | same
  3. ^ Sayyed Ahmad Khomeini, IRIB.
  4. ^ a b Sahimi, Mohammad (20 August 2009). "Nepotism & the Larijani Dynasty". PBS (Los Angeles). Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Mozaffari, Mahdi (1993). "Changes in the Iranian political system after Khomeini's death". Political Studies XLI: 611–617. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9248.1993.tb01659.x. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Ahmed Khomeini is Dead; Son of Ayatollah Khomeini The New York Times. 18 March 1995.
  7. ^ "Musa al Sadr: The Untold Story". Asharq Alawsat. 31 May 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  8. ^ Manouchehr Ganji (2002). Defying the Iranian Revolution: From a Minister to the Shah to a Leader of Resistance. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-275-97187-8. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 

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