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Khamene’i rejects the Mahdi-revealer crazies

Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamene’i gave a speech the other day that should stand as an important, though of course NOT definitive, inflection point for all those neo-liberalcons who like to think all non-green iranian are death seeking crazies. An important philosophical mark against Ahmadinezhad:

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Ayatollah Ali Khamene’i, speaking about the belief in the mahdaviat (belief in the eventual reappearance of the 12th Imam, who, Shi’is believe, will return one day to establish the reign of justice on earth), has said: One of the big dangers on the subject of the mahdaviyat consists of doing crude, ignorant, unsubstantiated and delusory things which lay the grounds for false claimants and a distancing of the people from the real truth of waiting (for the return).

In an announcer-read report on Khamene’i’s speech on 9 July at a gathering of lecturers, experts, writers and graduates specializing on the idea of the mahdaviyat, he was quoted as having referred to “the claimants who, over the course of history, have spoken of a correspondence with themselves or others of portents relating to the reappearance” and added: “All these instances are erroneous and deviant, because some of the things that are said about the portents of the reappearance are unsubstantiated and weak, and a correspondence cannot easily be made using substantiated material.”

Khamene’i was also quoted as saying: “These kinds of erroneous and deviant claims lead to the main truth of the mahdaviyat and waiting [for the return] remaining hidden; hence, crude actions and rumours [in this respect] must seriously be avoided.”

(President Mahmud Ahmadinezhad and his close allies are said to believe in the imminence of the return of the 12th Shi’i Imam, who is also known as the Hidden Imam.)

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Written by nickbiddlenoe

July 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Posted in TRANSLATIONS

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