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The temporary Friday Prayer leader of Tehran, Kazem Sedighi, said today that "women who don’t have a suitable appearance" (meaning women who do not fully observe the obligatory Islamic hijab) attract young men and lead to the spreading of adultery in the Iranian society which -- according to the cleric -- increases the risk of earthquakes.

Hojatoleslam Sedighi, who was speaking about the probability of an earthquake in Tehran, said that sinning less reduces the likelihood of earthquakes.

"Even if there is an earthquake in Tehran, no one but God can deal with these calamities. We have to abstain from committing sin," Sedighi said. 

The Iranian capital lies on a major seismological fault and some experts have warned that a strong earthquake in Tehran could lead to the death of many of its inhabitants.

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said on April 11 that at least 5 million Tehran residents need to relocate elsewhere because the city is threatened by earthquakes.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari
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by: Kiumars Zarrabi from: Silicon Valley, USA
April 16, 2010 21:45
Ahmadinejad called for more rapid population growth in Iran, but not in Tehran. Centralizing the effort in Tehran may cause earth to shake according to Emam Jomeh-e Tehran :-)

by: gholi from: iran
April 17, 2010 05:02
this guys is crazy, he has no idea what may cause the earthquake!!!!!

by: Khoobie from: USA
April 17, 2010 15:14
Okay...I just stopped laughing...does this guy also think that the world is flat? If you don't wear your hijab you'll fall off the edge? Keep the jokes coming...Have a good time in the stone age...

by: won witness from: USA
April 17, 2010 16:51
He told me about Haiti and now the Lord tells me a great quake will hit N. America: http://wonwitness.com

On January 7, 2010 the Lord spoke to me that a great earthquake will strike the North American continent.

This is the post that I recorded on my BlogSpot http://wonwitness.blogspot.com/ on that date:“What I am hearing: "The Heavens and Earth will proclaim My glory. I Am preparing My staff for a great blow on this continent--North America."

by: cyrus from: new york
April 17, 2010 23:37
it's possible that the Islamic republic is planning a deep underground nuclear explosion in Tehran to create a fake earthquake
only a small scale war with a weak country or an earthquake may save the Islamic republic from collapse

by: Pete Cota from: Texas
April 18, 2010 15:00
They are sorely lacking in their grasp of geology and seismology

by: Hitchens Fan from: US
April 19, 2010 03:59
http://www.slate.com/id/2246332/

Long Live Democratic Seismology

Chile survived its huge earthquake relatively well. Iran would be a different story.

By Christopher Hitchens

... And what would happen to the secret nuclear facilities, both under the ground and above it? ... what would the survivors think when they looked around the (possibly irradiated) ruins ...

... it should become part of our humanitarianism and our public diplomacy to warn the Iranian people of the man-made reasons that the results of a natural calamity would be hideously multiplied in their case. This, together with the offer of immediate help in earthquake-proofing, enhanced from our experiences in California, is nothing less than a moral responsibility. ...

by: William from: Antartica
April 23, 2010 02:41
I think that the other countries on the planet should unite and start a class action suit against the Iranian city of Tehran, as we certainly had nothing to do with the events in their country that led up to this horrible calamity.
Did he site any specific individuals who gave him that general feeling?

any J pegs ?

by: Anonymous
April 24, 2010 22:51
earthquakes in his pants

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