Hassan Khomeini

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Hassan Khomeini
Hassan Khomeini put his vote (Cropped).jpg
Khomeini in 2009 Presidential election
Native name Persian: سيد حسن خمينی‎‎
Born (1972-12-03) 3 December 1972 (age 43)
Qom, Iran
Religion Shia Islam
Spouse(s) Neda Bojnourdi
Children Ahmad
Parent(s) Ahmad Khomeini
Fatemeh Tabatabai
Website Official website
Sayyed Hassan Khomeini signature.png

Hassan Khomeini (born 3 December 1972, Persian: سيد حسن خمينی‎‎) is a "mid-ranking" Iranian cleric.[1] Of Khomeini's 15 grandchildren he has been called "the most prominent"[2] and the one "who many think could have a promising political future."[1][3]

Early life[edit]

Hassan Khomeini is the grandson of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ruhollah Khomeini.[4] He is the son of Ahmad Khomeini and Fatemeh Tabatabai.[5] he has 4 children.[6]


Hassan Khomeini became a cleric in 1993.[3] He was appointed caretaker of the Mausoleum of Khomeini in 1995 where his grandfather and father are buried,[2][3] and has had official meetings with officials such as Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah.[7] He is also teaching in the holy city of Qom, and has published his first book on Islamic sects.

He has been described as having "expressed frustration with some policies of a regime dominated by fundamentalists," such as former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.[1] In an interview in February 2008, Hassan spoke out against military interference in politics.[8] Soon after, in what some observers believe may have been retaliation,[1][2] an article in a publication tied to President Ahmadinejad accused him of corruption,[2] "claiming that he drove a BMW, backed rich politicians and was indifferent to the suffering of the poor."[1]

This was "the first time in the history of the Islamic Republic" that one of Khomeini's offspring was "publicly insulted," according to the Iranian daily newspaper Kargozaran.[2] Hassan met with reformers before the 2009 election[1] and met with defeated presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi and "supported his call to cancel the election results."[2]

On 9 December 2015, he announced that he will enter the politics and will be run for Assembly of Experts in the 2016 election.[9][10] His nomination was rejected by Guardian Council on 10 February 2016.


  1. ^ a b c d e f Grandchildren of the revolution. Najmeh Bozorgmehr and Roula Khalaf 4 March 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2009
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Khamenei vs. Khomeini" Ali Reza Eshraghi, 20 August 2009]. Retrieved 23 August 2009 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "eshraghi" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ a b c Helia Ighani; Garrett Nada (31 May 2013). "Khomeini's rebel grandchildren rock the vote". Asia Times Online. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Iranians blog on election crisis". BBC News. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 2012. 
  5. ^ Michael Rubin (17 March 2008). "Iran News Round Up". National Review Online. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  6. ^ hasans childrens
  7. ^ Hassan Khomeini Meets Bashar, Nasrallah. Retrieved 23-August-2009
  8. ^ in the weekly magazine Shahrvand-e-Emrooz, quoted in "Khamenei vs. Khomeini" Ali Reza Eshraghi, 20 August 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2009
  9. ^ Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s grandson to enter Iran politics
  10. ^ Assembly election heats up as Ayatollah Khomeini’s grandson indicates he will stand