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03-10-2007, 11:27 PM
President Ahmadinejad’s Messianic tendencies as depicted by an Iranian cartoon artist (Ruz, October 2006)

1. In recent years, there has been a growing public debate in Iran around Messianism. Messianism is a popular grassroots movement which has given a concrete dimension to the return of the Hidden Imam (Imam al-Mahdi), to the point of calling for action. Iran's president Ahmadinejad is identified with Messianism and, after being elected president, made many public references to the return of the Hidden Imam.

2. The belief that the imam is a superhuman, omnipotent, and faultless leader is one of the unique tenets of Shi'ite Islam. According to Shi'ite belief, the first imam was Ali, the “leader of the faithful”, Muhammad's son-in-law and, according to Sunni tradition, the fourth caliph. The prevailing school of thought in Shi'ite Islam (the Twelvers) holds that there were twelve imams between the death of Ali in A.D. 661 and A.D. 874, when the twelfth imam disappeared. The Hidden Imam, according to Shi'ite belief, will return to the world as a “mahdi” (“guided by Allah on the path of righteousness”). He will return bearing the word of salvation, dispatch the Shi'ites' enemies, and usher the world into an era of Islamic justice.

3. Messianism, which considers the Imam's return to be a distinct, tangible possibility, poses a theological-conceptual threat to the foundations of the Iranian Islamic regime. Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of the revolution, based his rule on the combination of religious authority as a model to be followed ( Marja' Taqlid ) and political-governmental authority. Messianism, however, disconnects (in theory) Shi'ite belief (waiting for the “mahdi”) from the vanities of this world. That is one of the reasons that holders of such views have been persecuted in the beginning of the revolution; accusations of Messianism are still used to besmirch political opponents; and the movement is strongly criticized by senior officials of the regime and the religious establishment.

Ahmadinejad as a representative of Messianism

03-11-2007, 12:21 AM
The picture in question

1979 and today you be the judge

03-11-2007, 12:22 AM
PS....Fuk the 12th Iman

I can see this guy swinging!!!

Saddam gives his thumbs up.Meet you in hell.