Oct. 25: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during a religious ceremony marking the death of the Shiite Saint Jaafar Sadeq in Tehran. The world's 120 million Shiites venerate the sixth imam, or spiritual successor to the Prophet Muhammad, of the Shi'ite branch of Islam and the last to be recognized as imam by all the Shi'ite sects. Theologically, he advocated a limited predestination and proclaimed that Hadith (traditional sayings of the Prophet), if contrary to the Qur'an, should be rejected.

Advertisement