Tagged with Shi’ism

NEWS: Immodest Women Cause Earthquakes, Iranian Cleric Warns

Immodest women make the earth move, according to Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi. In a statement to the Iranian media, Tehran’s acting Friday prayer leader cautioned that women who wear tight clothing or whose scarves reveal much of their hair “lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes.” Sedighi’s statement … Continue reading

NEWS: A New Row over Ahmadinejad’s Jewish Origins

The ever-controversial Iranian president has once again made the news. Just a few days after his renewed attack on Israel, The Daily Telegraph has published a piece which allegedly uncovers Ahmadinejad’s Jewish background. According to the British newspaper, a close analysis of a photograph of Ahmadinejad’s identity card ”reveals he was previously known as Sabourjian … Continue reading

NEWS: Ahmadinejad’s Messianic Politics

As Ahmadinejad begins his second term as Iran’s President amid much furore, his government continues to spend heavily on constructing the Mahdi Highway stretched from the holy city of Qom to the Iran-Iraq border. ‘The road is in the direction of Samarra, in Iraq, the location from which the Mahdi disappeared and where he is … Continue reading

NEWS: Iran’s Religious Appeals

On Friday, June 12, 2009, Iranians took to the polls to elect a new president. Despite the strong presence from challenger Mir Hussein Moussavi and his supporters prior to the election, incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared the winner on June 13, 2009. In the two weeks since the election, Iranians have been embattled in … Continue reading

NEWS: Bahais Accused of Plotting the Protests in Iran

As the world anxiously watches the dramatic developments in Iran, Iranian authorities are already looking for scapegoats. Denouncing foreign media coverage of socio-political unrest in Iran, Qolam Ali Haddad-Adel, Iranian MP and head of the parliament’s cultural commission, told IRIB 2 TV channel on Wednesday night that ‘BBC is run by a bunch of Bahais … Continue reading

NEWS: Gordon Brown Calls Bahai Persecutions Tragic

In his special message to the UK Bahai community, the British Prime Minister has expressed his ‘respect and admiration’ for the British Bahai community, describing prejudice and discrimination against Bahais in the Muslim world as ‘tragic’. Highlighting dire situation of Bahai prisoners in Iran, Mr. Brown has said that ‘We have raised our concerns with … Continue reading

NEWS: Afghan Women Challenge the Shia Family Law

Yesterday Kabul witnessed an unprecedented event in recent Afghanistan history. Marching towards the Afghan parliament, about 200 women protested against the Shia Family Law passed by the national body. The law, which seems to legalize child marriage and marital rape, applies to Shia Muslims who constitute 15 percent of the population. Demonstrators soon found themselves … Continue reading