The Quds Force chief Major-General Qassem Suleimani
The head of the Iranian regime’s elite Quds Force on Thursday declared Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah to be an Ayatollah.
Speaking at an event held to commemorate the tenth anniversary of former Hezbollah terrorist Imad Mughniyeh’s death or “martyrdom” on February 15 2008, the Quds Force chief Major-General Qassem Suleimani, who heads the Iranian regime’s regional operations, said that Mughniyeh was “not only under the command of the majestic Ayatollah Seyyed Nasrallah” – suggesting that Nasrallah is a divinely anointed figure akin to the leader of the Iranian regime – but that Nasrallah is an ayatollah for his supposed leadership of the “mujahideen.”
Suleimani told his audience, “Imad Mughniyeh was not only under the command of the Majestic Ayatollah Sayyed Nasrallah – I say the majestic Ayatollah because I am not in any position to determine the jurisprudential status of a person. But he is an ayatollah because he has many signs of Godly divinity in leading the mujahideen as well as standing against the enemies. He is an Ayatollah who stands against the enemies of God, hence he is Ayatallahi [blessed with a sign of divinity]. What does Ayatallahi mean? Does Ayatallahi exist only in jurisprudence? Therefore he [Imad Mughniyeh] in front of this sign of God [Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah], who is a unique character with a sacrificing spirit, likewise Sayed Hassan Nasrallah was modest. It might be, regarding this issue, that he [Nasrallah], who commanded Imad, had the opposite view, but I know he is committed to implementing it, as he considered it imperative.”