Skip to comments.Iran clerics rebuke Ahmadinejad over 'hidden imam'
Posted on 05/07/2008 9:02:28 AM PDT by mojito
Clerics have told President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to stick to more worldly issues after he was quoted as saying the "hidden imam" of Shiite Islam was directing Iran. Ahmadinejad has always been a devotee of the Mahdi, the twelfth imam of Shiite Islam, who Shiites believe disappeared more than a thousand years ago and who will return one day to usher in a new era of peace and harmony.
But in a speech to theology students broadcast by state television on Monday, Ahmadinejad went further than ever before in emphasising his belief that the Mahdi is playing a critical role in Iran's day-to-day politics.
"The Imam Mahdi is in charge of the world and we see his hand directing all the affairs of the country," he said in the speech, which appears to date from last month but has only now been broadcast.
"We must solve Iran's internal problems as quickly as possible. Time is lacking. A movement has started for us to occupy ourselves with our global responsibilities, which are arriving with great speed."
Two leading clerics retorted that Ahmadinejad would be better off concentrating on Iran's social problems -- most notably its double-digit inflation -- than indulging in such mystical rhetoric.
"If Ahmadinejad wants to say that the hidden imam is supporting the decisions of the government, it is not true," sniped Gholam Reza Mesbahi Moghadam, the spokesman of the conservative Association of Combatant Clerics.
"For sure, the hidden imam does not approve of inflation of 20 percent, the high cost of living and numerous other errors," he said, according to the Kargozaran daily.
Ali Asghari, a member of the conservative Hezbollah faction in parliament, told the president not to link the management of the country to the imam.
"Ahmadinejad would do better to worry about social problems like inflation ... and other terrestrial affairs," Etemad Melli daily quoted him as saying.
Since becoming president in 2005, Ahmadinejad has repeatedly stated that his government is paving the way for the return of the Mahdi and chided his foes for not believing that his return is imminent
BUT they DO have a way to taking care of Nutjob ya know.
Oh good. An Iranian version of David Koresh, but with a huge arsenal of weapons at his disposal. Perhaps Janet (sterno) Reno should take him out.
Iamahdinnerjacket is going to find out very soon who IS running Iran.
Iammadjohn is a very confused person, not knowing what is to be said and what not to be said. Very dangerous. Fortunately, nobody is listening to him anymore, aside from those in the oil futures business.
Now he’s praying to imaginary Iman’s.....what a nut job. Does this not speak volumes as to the mans mentality level?
Ahmawhackjob is channeling instructions from the hidden Mahdi, doing his bidding until the day (coming soon) when the 12th Mahdi rises up from the well he’s been hiding in........ don’t you dare question that great religious scholar and notable economic genius, President Ahmawhackjob.
That'd be the one that worried me. Picture Hitler with his finger on the nuclear button starting to mutter about Ragnarok as the Red Army closed in. He isn't worried about inflation.
The answer rose from the well at Maadi in 1970—OPEC
Well, for the 12th Iman to appear, supposedly the world has to have fallen into chaos. Many believe that ImaNutJob is trying to provoke that chaos in order to facilitate the return of the iman. Whether they attack someone, or provoke someone to attack them (i.e. keep developing nuclear weapons)...it will serve the same purpose as far as Ahmadinejad is concerned.
Ah, but by amadnutjob’s own words, he believes that the Imam is already in charge of the whole world.
I’ll see your 12th and 13th Imam’s and raise you Jesus Christ.
Maybe Nostradamus is right again...
The jokes just write themselves. I like how these guys are saying Nutjob is lying, but they know the truth. One whacked out part of the world.
Nutjob is working very hard to bring matters to a head in the near future, which means that he's eating away at the middle ground that allows him to coexist with the Mullahs who don't agree with him.
The key thing to watch will be which way the purge goes. Either the clerics will succeed in removing Ahneedajihad, or he will succeed in purging them.
My money's on Ahneedajihad's winning that particular war.
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