Old pictures of Ebrahim Raisi

However, according to Vatanka, the media “publicized his lack of formal religious education” and credentials, after which Raisi ceased claiming to hold the aforementioned rank. After this investigation and criticism he “refer to himself as hojat-ol-eslam”, a clerical rank immediately beneath that of Ayatollah.Raisi subsequently again declared himself an Ayatollah shortly before the 2021 Iranian Presidential Election.