Dinejad Says Chavez To Rise With Hidden Imam?rise of chavez
Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:55 AM
According to the Persian-language text of the letter posted on the Iranian president’s official Web site, Mr. Ahmadinejad wrote: “I have no doubt he will come again along with all the righteous people and the Prophet Jesus and the only successor of the righteous generation, the perfect human,” a formulation used by Shiite Muslims to refer to the Hidden Imam, who disappeared in the ninth century but is expected to emerge from more than a millennium in hiding to redeem mankind.
Mr. Ahmadinejad’s note, sent as Iran declared a day of national mourning for “the Latin American anti-imperialist figure,” also said that Mr. Chávez had died of a “suspicious illness.” As Iran’s state-owned Press TV reported, hours before the Venezuelan president’s death was announced on Tuesday, his vice president, Nicolás Maduro, hinted darkly that foreign powers were responsible for causing the illnesses that killed both the Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat and Mr. Chávez.
Video of Venezuela’s vice president saying on Tuesday that “Commandante Chávez was attacked with this disease.”
Mr. Ahmadinejad also wrote, “Chávez is a name known to all nations, that reminds us of purity, kindness, courage, heroism, love, dedication to the people and tireless efforts to serve the people, especially the poor and those scarred by colonialism and imperialism.”
The references to Jesus and the Hidden Imam were omitted from a translation of the letter into Spanish posted on the Iranian president’s Web site.
Mr. Ahmadinejad’s stated belief about the imminent return of the messiah, also known as Imam Mahdi, has been a source of controversy throughout his presidency. When he took office in 2005, he declared that he would work to “hasten the emergence” of the messiah. Then in 2008, he angered Iran’s ruling clerics when he claimed that the Hidden Imam was involved in the day-to-day workings of his government and helped guide his foreign policy.
One part of that policy was a close relationship with Venezuela, forged on hatred of a common enemy, the United States. Last year, when Iran’s president visited Caracas, Mr. Chávez joked that the imperialist media portrayed the alliance as a military threat to the U.S.
A report from Venezuela’s TeleSur in January, 2012, included footage of President Hugo Chavez greeting his Iranian counterpart.
As our colleague Neil MacFarquhar explained in 2011, at one stage in Mr. Ahmadinejad’s struggle for power with Iran’s clerics, he suggested that Shiite Muslims do not need the clergy to engage with the Hidden Imam.
Later on Wednesday, a senior cleric criticized the president for “going too far” in the condolence message. The semi-official news site Khabar Online reported that Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami, Tehran’s Friday prayer leader, said: “I explicitly declare my view that what he said in his message was exaggeration.”
“It would have been sufficient to simply send a diplomatic message without getting involved in ideological issues,” the conservative Ayatollah Khatami said. The cleric, who is not related to the reformist former president of the same name, added: “The counterpart of the president in another country has passed away and naturally our president should send a message of condolence. But in my view, it is not appropriate to deal with ideological issues.”
The cleric also said that “the president is well aware that his message will stir reactions in theological seminaries,” adding, “We request the president not to take stances that create tension.”
Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:33 PM
“It would have been sufficient to simply send a diplomatic message without getting involved in ideological issues,”
I dont get why he would say something like this in the first place. Why couldnt he just give his condolences normally like the rest of the world. The western newspaper ran with this statement and the comments that followed just made him look like a lunatic.
Posted 08 March 2013 - 04:01 PM
Muhammad al-Baqir said: On the Day of Resurrection, a pavilion of fire will be made in which the supporters of the oppressors will be put, and nails of iron will be made for them scratching with it beginning with their hearts. So they will say: Our Lord, did we not worship You? He said: So He will say: Yea, however you were supporters for the oppressors.
Against all secular Ba`athi tyrants - yes, that includes Bashar and his father.
Posted 08 March 2013 - 04:01 PM
Edited by Darth Vader, 08 March 2013 - 04:02 PM.
"I wanted a high position in life, I found it in modesty. I wanted leadership, I found it in giving advice. I wanted dignity, I found it in honesty. I wanted greatness, I found it in poverty. I wanted lineage, I found it in virtue. I wanted majesty, I found it in contentment. I looked for peace and found it in asceticism." - Uwais al Qarni
Posted 11 March 2013 - 03:07 AM
I AM PROUD TO BE A SHIA
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