Iran Eyewitness: Watching the Supreme Leader’s Mission in Qom (Azadi)
Oktober 22, 2010 Hinterlasse einen Kommentar
Our old friend Mr Azadi returns from a report from Iran on the Supreme Leader’s high-profile visit to the religious centre of Qom:
I think the legitimacy of the Supreme Leader is decreasing, not only within the maraje (senior clerics) but also amongst the people. Although Ayatollahs Vahid Khorasani, Safi Golpayegani and Mousavi Ardebili are under pressure to meet Ayatollah Khamenei, they have not yet given way.
Of course, media centres have been trying hard to show a holy image of the supreme leader and to boost his popularity. For example, IRIB has broadcast a set of short documentaries about Ayatollah Khamenei. These have been so ostentatious in their presentation and claims, bringing protests from conservative websites such as Tabnak (linked to Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei and Alef (linked to key MP Ahmad Tavakoli, an ally of the Larijani brothers) that the images have been exaggerated and even „unreal“.
The computer centre of Howzah (semaries) has put out a CD called „The Scent of Presence“ (Atre Hozoor) to show the Supreme Leader’s holy image. Some centres have published a family tree to „prove“ that Khamenei is one of the descendents of Hussain, the third Shi’a Imam. Young clerics have signed a petition requesting that the Supreme Leader publish his „unique“ book of Islamic law (Tozihul Maseal).