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 (kōm) also Qum (ko͝om)
A city of west-central Iran south-southwest of Tehran. It has been a Shiite Muslim center since early Islamic times and a pilgrimage site since the 1600s.


(kɒm) ,




(Placename) a city in NW central Iran: a place of pilgrimage for Shiite Muslims. Pop: 1 045 000 (2005 est)


or Qum


a city in NW Iran, SW of Teheran. 780,453.
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Makarem-Shirazi's office issued the statement a few days after the Culture Ministry said Jannati had been unable to meet the ayatollah during his visit to Qom because of the cleric's "illness.
Velayati made the remarks to FNA and on the sidelines of the World Congress on Extremist and Takfiri Movements in the Islamic Scholars' View', which is underway in the Holy City of Qom, Central Iran.
Najaf and Qom are sites of religious study and pilgrimage, and they spread their preachers to Shiite communities all over the world.
Last week, 44 people were killed and 39 wounded in a collision between two buses that then caught fire on the highway connecting Qom and Tehran, the most serious road accident in the country in years.
Naturally, when Iran's agents sit with foreign journalists or representatives of human rights organizations, they do not talk about the supreme leader in Qom or his leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, or the supreme leader in Bahrain.
I am writing you to inform you that our nuclear program has once again been compromised and attacked by a new worm with exploits which have shut down our automation network at Natanz and another facility Fordo near Qom," the scientist wrote in the e-mail.
Mr Hague said: "I am extremely disappointed by Iran's decision to start enrichment operations at its Qom facility.
Natanz, the building of a heavy water reactor in Arak, the hiding of the Qom
The managing director of NGSC indicated that the Qom storage tankers hold the capacity of storing 1.
That signalled a deepening split between the regime and the theological class in the holy city of Qom.
Rafsanjani then was backed by most theologians in Qom, led by Grand Ayatullah Abul-Fathl Lankarani, a close ally to Sistani and other grand ayatollah in Najaf.