In the [ 2/23/10] speech, broadcast live on state television and
circulated in several media outlets, Ahmadinejad reiterated his
accusations that the United States was hindering the return of the
redeemer of Islam, the Mahdi, local media reported.
"If the Mahdi does not come, this will mean that the battle of Karbala
could be repeated. The Mahdi will face what the prophets faced and his
life will be in danger," he told the rally.
While pointing out that the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which ousted the
Shah and installed the current religious regime, is a prelude to the
appearance of the Mahdi, Ahmadinejad argued that the arrogance of the
United States is one the main obstacles to the Mahdi's coming.
"The United States is an arrogant country that plunders the wealth of
nations by invading them. It is also a criminal state because it
Ahmadinejad accused the United States of planning and carrying out the
September 11 attacks in order to gain the sympathy of the world.
"These attacks fed its propaganda and became an excuse for attacking
Afghanistan under the pretext of fighting terrorism."
This is not the first time Ahmadinejad refers to the Mahdi, which has
earned him much criticism from Iran's senior clerics and politicians.
In an earlier speech he gave in Esfahan in December, Ahmadinejad
claimed he had documented evidence that the United States invaded Iraq
in order to prevent the coming of the Mahdi and stressed that the
Iranian people would prepare the ground for his coming forming the
In a meeting he held with cleric Ayatollah Jawadi Amuli, Ahmadinejad
claimed a halo of light surrounded him while he gave a speech at the
United Nations General Assembly, attributing this to the Mahdi's
In Shiite faith, the Mahdi, an Arabic term for guided, is believed to
be the redeemer of Islam who will come to earth before the Day of
Judgment and, together with Jesus, rid the world of all tyranny and
(h/t: Elder of Ziyon)
Wednesday, February 24, 2010