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May 5, 2006

Ahmadinejad And The Mahdi

Topics: Iran

2005-12-21T022228_450x341_US-NUCLEAR-IRAN.jpgAs time goes on and Ahmadinejad becomes ever more defiant, seeming to be daring the the West to try to stop him, do we have a clue as to how far he'll go? Will he launch a murderous attack against Israel or the United States in a misguided and fanatical attempt to see his dream of the return of the Hidden Imam come to fruition?

Iran is comprised mainly of followers of the "Twelfth," or the Hidden Imam. He succeeded Al-Hassan al-Askari who died in A.D. 874.

Shiite Muslims believe that the Twelfth Imam disappeared down a well near Jamkaran in A.D. 941, and will emerge from this location at his Second Coming. But first, they believe, the world will go through great calamities and upheavals. This "apocalypse" will set the conditions for the Mahdi's return.

The Hidden Imam is known by several monikers, which translate to "expected one," the "hidden one" and, of course, Mahdi (promised one). His mystique is enhanced by the legend that the young successor in the lineage of Muhammad was secreted because he was unaccepted by the majority of Muslims. He will apparently be kept in seclusion until the day he emerges to reunite Muslims, conquer the world and establish an Islamic caliphate.

Ahmadinejad has taken up the banner of the Hidden Imam. His hate-filled rhetoric aimed at the Jews and America is stirring fanatical Muslims the world over.

Initially, Ahmadinejad's threats seemed but the idle ranting of a megalomaniac. But now, armed with the capability to produce nuclear weapons, Iran will be a menace with which to be reckoned. The spirit of the Grand Ayatollah Khomeini lives on in Iran. This is the same Khomeini who said in 1981, "I say let Iran go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant in the rest of the world."

It's becoming more obvious every day that Iran and Ahmadinejad have no intention on stopping their march to Armageddon. The only question is how long the West is going to tolerate their lies and deceit while Iran and the Islamists dream of and act to establish the great caliphate.

Posted by Richard at May 5, 2006 11:16 AM

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