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A bad word whispered will echo a hundred miles

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on July 18, 2010

The 12th, Muhammad al-Mahdi, is believed by these Shiites to have been born in present-day Iraq in 869 and never to have died, only gone into hiding. Twelvers, not other Shiites or Sunni Muslims believe that al-Mahdi will return as a messiah with Jesus to bring peace to the world and establish Islam as the ruling faith across the globe.

The apocalyptic catch? The Mahdi is expected to appear when the world is wracked in utter chaos and war. Many Sunnis also believe that the Mahdi will come in such a judgment-day scenario, but believe that he has not been born yet.

The Twelver beliefs have raised concern in conjunction with Iran’s steeped interest in furiously pressing forward with its nuclear program, combined with threats against Israel and the West. Critics of the Islamic Republic allege that Ahmadinejad and the supreme leader would even go so far as to hasten a nuclear showdown and cataclysmic strike, perhaps an attack on Israel and inevitable retaliation to hasten the arrival of the 12th Imam. Ahmadinejad has even called for the reappearance of the 12th Imam from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly. During his speeches within Iran, Ahmadinejad has said that the main mission of the Islamic Revolution is to pave the way for the reappearance of the 12th Imam.

Imagine for a moment, if you would, that each year the American president, vice president, Congress and the Senate gathered together to strategize with Christian leaders to discuss how to “introduce Jesus Christ to the world and pave the way for his return.” As surreal as this may sound, this is in effect what happens each year in Iran.

Later the Iranian President, in a press statement during a tour in Iranian cities, said that “the reason the American military attacks certain countries in the region, is that a man will appear in this region that will crush all evil-doers.

The Iranian leader is quoted as saying, “The United States believes that the Mahdi will appear in the Middle East and drain all sources of oppression in the world,” adding, “they are increasingly aware that the Iranian nation will prepare the way for his appearance and rule.”

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s broadcasting website said that the Mahdi will form an army to defeat the enemies of Islam in a series of apocalyptic battles, in which the Mahdi will overcome his archvillain in Jerusalem.

All Iran is buzzing about the Mahdi, the 12th imam, and the role Iran and Ahmadinejad are playing in his anticipated return. People are anxious to know when and how he will rise, and what they must do to receive this worldwide salvation,” says cleric Ali Lari, in Iran’s religious center of Qom.

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