Skip to comments.Ayatollahs desert Iran's besieged regime
Posted on 01/13/2010 9:06:36 AM PST by nuconvert
The rift between the clerical establishment and the regime has significantly widened during the past six months. Slowly but surely, even some of the most conservative ayatollahs began to distance themselves from both.
Last month, grand ayatollah Javadi Amoli, who performs Friday prayers in Qom, announced his resignation. In his departure statement, he expressed his frustration with the lack of listening on the part of the Supreme Leader: "When the Friday imam articulates the problems that people face and those problems are resolved, it is evidence that he has expressed them well. But if the problems are not resolved, that means he was not successful."
In another recent sermon, Ayatollah Reza Ostadi, a Friday prayer leader in the holy city of Qom, condemned the "extremism in support of the Supreme Leader", or the heavy-handed tactics used by the regime to impose Khamenei's authority. In response, one of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's aides launched a verbal attack on the senior cleric. However, no less than 19 top members of Qom seminaries issued an open letter in support of their colleague.
Last June, shortly after the first peaceful demonstrations were met with violence, a video clip of Grand Ayatollah Ali Mohammed Dastghaib, the most senior religious figure in Fars, appeared on YouTube. In it, he openly called the supreme leader an apostate who should be removed from God's mercy. This brazen speech brought the closure of his mosque as well as several attacks on his office and home. He was also barred from giving public speeches. But his message still resonates.
In another YouTube clip, Ayatollah Shirazi, who belongs to one of the most prominent clerical families in Shia Islam, called Khamenei "worse than Yazid", referring to a historical figure who is the embodiment of Satan for Shi'ites.
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Now THAT'LL draw a fatwa..
Is that like saying he's a double-bad poopy head?
I may contact The Australian about this piece.
My bad. Crossed the name with another character out of the Shahnameh. Looked it up, Yazid’s bad enough.
When the nutjob in charge of Iran assumes room temputature, I want someone at the CIA to affirm that he WAS the leader of the rebels who took Americans hostage in 1979.
Some of the mullahs see the handwriting on the wall. They want to go on record as opposed to the crackdown before heads roll. Khamenei and Ahmadinejad may have overplayed their hand.
ouch indeed, better put a fatwa on that to keep the swelling down.
I had to look it up as well.
From the 13th. Thanks nuconvert.
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