Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tag: Ahmad Khatami

Ahmad Khatami is a senior Iranian cleric, known for his controversial Friday Prayer sermons. Ahmad Khatami is a senior member of the Assembly of Experts. In December 2005, Ali Khamenei appointed him as Tehran’s substitute Friday prayer leader.

Ahmad Khatami 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 clericand 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]