William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

IRANIAN LEADER – A MYSTICAL NUTBAR?

Whirling dervishes killed Chinese Gordon of Sudanese Fame
Because they were sure that the Mahdi was returning again!
Iranian Clerics have told President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Continuing the spouting apocalyptic teachings is really quite bad

The mystic Imam Mahdi is in charge of this world’s affairs?
He handles global responsibilities from the man upstairs?
The Mahdi’s return will mark the end of time as we know it?
Dropping Iranian atomic bombs on Israel will finally show it?

Greeted as a petty and cruel dictator at Columbia U last year
The Mahdi guided his victory speech and helped to shed fear
The continuing nuclear missile programme is still a problem at hand
It’s considered of high importance by the President’s hidden Imam?

Author’s Note: Prompted by the Times Colonist Article Page C15 of May 10, 2008 (reproduced below)

IRANIAN LEADER’S MYSTICISM DISMAYS CLECRICS

Focus on affairs, they tell Ahmadinejad, rather than return of ‘hidden imam’

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the Iranian government is preparing for the return of the Mandi, who Shiites believe will return at an apocalyptic moment that will mark the end of time
SIAVOSH GHAZI Agence France-Presse

TEHRAN — Iranian clerics have told President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to stick to more worldly issues after he said this week that the “hidden imam” of Shiite Islam was directing the country’s affairs.

Ahmadinejad has always been a devotee of the Mandi, 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 emphasizing his belief that the Mandi is playing a critical role in Iran’s day-to-day politics.

“The Imam Mandi is in charge of the world and we see his hand directing all the affairs of the country,” he said in the speech.

“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 per cent, the high cost of living and numerous other errors,” he said, according to the Kargozaran newspaper.

Ali Asghari, a member of the conservative Hezbollah faction in parliament, also cautioned the president against linking the management of the country to the imam.

Since becoming president in 2005, Ahmadinejad has repeatedly stated that his government is paving the way for the return of the Mandi and chided his foes for not believing that his return is imminent.
Shiites believe that the Mandi vanished in the 10th century and will return at an apocalyptic moment that will mark the end of time.

Earlier this year, Iran’s former top nuclear negotiator Hassan Rowhani complained that superstition was growing in the country and that people were even putting out food for the Mandi in case he returned that very night.

Ahmadinejad said he felt surrounded by a mystical aura when he gave his first speech to the UN General Assembly in New York in 2005.

He also said the Mandi had guided his “victory” at Columbia University in New York last year where he was greeted as a “a petty and cruel dictator.”