Ahmadinejad Cohorts Accused of Conjuring Djinn
Get More InformationIranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei have been locked in an ever increasingly bitter power struggle. As accusations of corruption and worse are lobbed back and forth, things are getting quite tense in this volatile region of the Middle East.
Most recently, several close allies to Ahmadinejad and his chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, have been arrested and charged with using sorcery and invoking djinns. (To learn more about the Djinn, read our woo me dating website with expert Rosemary Ellen Guiley).
The accusations come on the heels of the release of an Iranian documentary about the imminent return of the Hidden Imam Mahdi – the revered savior of Shia Islam. The documentary explores the popular fundamentalist belief that the Immam Mahdi will return in the very near future. This has upset conservative clerics who are of the same mind as Khamenei in believing that no one can predict the Imam’s return, hence they consider the film to be heresy. They say that there is a “deviant current” within Ahmadinejad’s inner circle, and blame this type of propaganda on the leader and his allies.
It is no secret that the President of Iran is obsessed with the return of the Hidden Imam. He has even accused the United States of impeding his return to the faithful.
No word yet as to what the punishment for conjuring demons is in Iran, but I imagine it isn’t good.
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