Do the Ayatollah

The Cardiff city fans have made a music video titled ‘Do the Ayatollah’. Ayatollah (“Sign of Allah”) is a high-ranking title given to Usuli Twelver Shī‘ah clerics.

Those who carry the title are experts in Islamic studies such as jurisprudenceethics, and philosophy and usually teach in Islamic seminaries. The next lower clerical rank is Hojatoleslam wal-muslemin.

Cardiff City Football Club is a professional football club based in Cardiff, Wales that competes in the English football league system


The name “ayatollah” originates from a passage in the Quran which the Shi’a, unlike the Sunni, interpret to mean human beings can be regarded as ‘signs’ or ‘evidence’ of God. Passage 51:20–21 of the Quran states:

On the earth are signs (Ayat) for those of assured Faith,