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 Astan Quds Razavi is charitable foundation entrusted with protecting the Imam Reza shrine, which receives massive financial donations. The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei approved Ebrahim Raisi as a head of the Astan Quds Razavi in 2016.
 Ayatollah Ali Khamenei advised Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to run, and his attempt to become a candidate was widely seen as a public lack of respect to the Supreme Leader.