Qom (Persian: Qom‎ [ɢom], also known as Q'um or Ghom) is a city in Iran. It lies 156 km (97 mi) by road southwest of Tehran and is the capital of Qom Province. At the 2006 census, its population was 957,496, in 241,827 families. It is situated on the banks of the Qom River.

Qom is considered holy by Shi'a Islam, as it is the site of the shrine of Fatema Mæ'sume, sister of Imam `Ali ibn Musa Rida (Persian Imam Reza, 789–816 AD). The city is the largest center for Shi'a scholarship in the world, and is a significant destination of pilgrimage.

Qom in Alpha and Omega[]

Shortly after authorizing a missile attack against Israel, the incumbent Grand Ayatollah was preaching to his flock in Qom about how his people would slaughter the infidels. In the midst of his sermon, the Ayatollah dropped dead, apparently of divine intervention.[1]

Qom in Crosstime Traffic[]

Qom was a battleground during the Second Iranian Intervention in the home timeline. Randolph Brooks was a combat soldier in that campaign. It left him with traumatic memories, which he shared with Justin Monroe years later.[2]

Qom in Supervolcano[]

While on tour in Maine, Rob Ferguson idly channel-surfed in his motel room and caught a speech by the President of Iran being broadcast live from the holy city of Qom. The President was lecturing the United States that the Yellowstone Supervolcano eruption was God's punishment for its war against Islam and its support of the "Zionist entity". Rob remarked to Justin Nachman that he was channeling Pat Robertson, and Justin replied that it was nice to see that the US didn't have the loony market covered.[3]

Later, after Tel Aviv and Tehran were reported destroyed by Israeli nuclear strikes, there were unconfirmed reports of a "flash of sunlike light" over the city of Qom, and all communications with it were lost.[4]

Qom in Through Darkest Europe[]

Qom, Persia, was home to the Grand Ayatollah, a very powerful man.


  1. Alpha and Omega, p. 222, hc.
  2. The Disunited States of America, p. 278.
  3. Eruption, pgs. 248-250.
  4. Ibid, pg. 325.