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Iranian Ex-President Says U.S. Seeks Arrest Of Hidden Imam

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad is well known for his devotion to the Hidden Imam. (file photo)
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad is well known for his devotion to the Hidden Imam. (file photo)
By Golnaz Esfandiari

Iran's former hard-line President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has reportedly said that the United States is working to arrest the Hidden Imam, who according to Shi'ite belief went into hiding in the 10th century and will reappear to bring justice to Earth.

Ahmadinejad made the comments in a speech to a group of clerics marking the start of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, according to a transcript posted on June 21 on the website Dolatebahar.com, which is run by his supporters. 

Ahmadinejad is quoted as saying that the West has been building a case against the Hidden Imam to prevent his reappearance, a claim that the Islamic republic's main reformist daily newspaper, Shargh, described as "strange." 

"They've done so much research about the Hidden Imam in the human science universities of the United States that I am not exaggerating by saying that it is a thousand times more than all the work done in the seminaries of Qom, Najaf, and Mashhad," he reportedly said, referring to three Shi'ite holy cities.

Ahmadinejad, who is known for his controversial statements and his devotion to the Hidden Imam, added that U.S. universities have debriefed numerous individuals who have been in touch with the disappeared spiritual leader. 

"To quote a friend, they've completed a case against the Hidden Imam, and closed it also for his arrest," he was quoted as saying. "The only [evidence] they lack is his picture."

Ahmadinejad suggested that the West -- and particularly the United States -- sees the return of the Hidden Imam as a threat to its "empire," adding that the U.S. administration is "evil."

"It is really a government established by Satan to prevent reaching God and the Hidden Imam," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying. " … This evil government knows that its end will come if the Hidden Imam reappears." 

He reportedly acknowledged that "some in Iran laugh about these comments."

Ahmadinejad, who served as Iran's president from 2005 to 2013, has previously suggested that the United States is attempting to thwart the Hidden Imam's return.

The launch of his website and Instagram account earlier this year was seen by some as sign that the former president may be attempting a political comeback ahead of next year's parliamentary elections.

Ahmadinejad kept a low profile after his successor, self-proclaimed moderate cleric Hassan Rohani, came to power in 2013. He has become more visible in recent months thanks to his attendance at several public events -- and because of the arrest of two of his former aides.

Hamid Baghaei, who served as Ahmadinejad's vice president for executive affairs, was arrested on June 8. The charges have not been made public, though Baghaei's arrest has fueled speculation that they may involve alleged financial improprieties. 

In January, another former deputy to Ahmadinejad, Mohammad Reza Rahimi, was jailed for five years after being convicted of corruption and embezzlement.

Ahmadinejad has sought to distance his presidency from widespread allegations of corruption and mismanagement.

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by: jojnjo from: Dublin
June 22, 2015 23:35
Speak about the "Devil" & he appears!

by: Mamuka
June 23, 2015 11:16
At least now we know why the Hidden Imam is hiding. ROZYSK!

by: ALDV from: Madrid
June 23, 2015 13:47
I guess they'll try and take him to Guantanamo.

by: Vineet from: Canada
June 26, 2015 20:16
This man needs seriuos help!! He is Bat shit crazy. But his buffonery is quite entertaining.
In Response

by: Sean from: Dublin
June 28, 2015 19:24
Ahmadinejad shows signs of depression, bipolar disorder and possible schizophrenia. He lives in a land of conspiracy theories and outrageous religious beliefs. Unlike ISIS and al Qaeda, he does not advocate extreme violence but instead is liable to say anything and often contradicts himself.

by: roderick starns from: uk
June 27, 2015 23:52
if jesus christ returns mossad will asascinate him
In Response

by: mark townsend from: ecuador
July 07, 2015 22:21
The Bab was Christ returned, in the same say John the Baptist was Elijah. The same qualities and office. The same kind of mullas ruling iran today convinced the shah to kill him then.

by: Sean from: Dublin
June 28, 2015 19:17
Strange, I was just thinking about this guy Ahmadinejad the other day and wondering what he was doing. A typical conspiracy theorist (CT), guys like him are the same the world over. You meet Christian CTs who claim the freemasons are stopping Jesus' return, you get Buddhists who think capitalism is blocking the return of Nirvana (the Buddhist paradise, not Kurt Cobain by the way, although there will be CTs about his death too I am sure).

By 2011, it was clear that Ahmadinejad was considered a joke within his own country. Iranians may have laughed at his ridiculous claims but did not like it when he started talking like Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi dictator responsible for many Iranian casualties in the 1980s war.

To save his own skin, the Shah of Iran (in alll but name) Ayatollah Ali Khamenei decided to join those who ridiculed him and wanted to distance himself from a bipolar manic depressive CT (Khamenei himself also suffers from depression but is less into CTs and more into continuing on as king for as long as possible).

But Ahmadinejad for all his rantings and for all the exaggerated descriptions of him as a second Hitler is all talk and low on action. As said, he was never really in control of Iran (Khamenei and especially the Revolutionary Guards are). Compared to ISIS and al Qaeda, Ahmadinejad is a saint. More of an embarrassment and a joke than anything.

No doubt, Ahmadinejad will attempt a political comeback. He has shown to be inexperienced and this is why his presidency was full of bizarre rhetoric and lacked the common sense seen by the likes of current president Hassan Rouhani or former presidents Khatami and Rafsanjani. Ahmadinejad seems to play to a gallery and seems to be outrageous for the sake of being so. He once enjoyed good relations with Khamenei but now relations are poor. I don't think Ahmadinejad will be president again as long as Khamenei is in power. And even if someone else became the king, I don't think that Ahmadinejad will be seen as useful by anyone somehow. But still he may attempt to overthrow the Iranian state with little genuine support.

by: Saeid
July 02, 2015 06:36
Im So sorry About This Man :| :~ He is Crazy :~ :| He Need Help :,

by: mark townsend from: otavalo, ecuador
July 04, 2015 16:02
As usual, mutilated by centuries of mulla mentality, he blames others for what Persia did, persecuting any person associated with the Hidden Imam, including the Báb Himsrlf, and Bahá'u'lláh,Who was none other than Malik-i-Yomus-Dín Himself , the Ruler of the Day of Reckoning, and the return of Husayn, to a fickle, treacherous people.

by: John from: Desert
July 04, 2015 16:55
If I remember correctly he was one of the group initiating the revolution. Lends something to the mindset of the other members.

by: mark townsend from: Ecuador
July 07, 2015 22:26
90% of the Americans who even know about the Hidden Imam already believe He came in the Báb (1819-1850) as the Qa'im of prophecy. The rest of the uninformed at least have respect for the Babi-Baha'i Movement. Ahmadinijad persecuted the Bahais because they believed in the Advent of the 12th Imam! He can wait another 1000 years and its not going to be repeated. Persia had one chance.

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