Khamenei, Nabhani, Juhaiman…and Opium!

Al-Arabiya, UAE, March 25

In his latest article, the Iranian writer and journalist Amir Taheri ridiculed what he described as the “opium dreams” of the mullah regime in Tehran. “When reality is too hard to bear,” he explained, “imagination may rescue the mullahs from despair.” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently issued a statement calling for the creation of a “new global Islamic civilization” to prepare for the return of the “Hidden Imam.” Dr. Hassan Abbasi, a prominent figure in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, asserted that the question is not if America will fall, but rather when it would. He then questioned if the White House should be destroyed to make room for a simple mosque or an Iranian palace. These fantasies, or opioid dreams, are not exclusive to the Khameini regime, but have been a constant pillar of political Islam groups. Hassan al-Banna of the Muslim Brotherhood preached similar ideas and Mohammed Badie was a disciple of Sayed Qutb. We have these kinds of illusions with Taqi al-Din al-Nabhani, who founded the radical Islamist party Hizb ut-Tahrir, and with his Saudi follower, Muhammad al-Mas’ari, who helped pave the way for the Islamic caliphate. Those who read the writings of Juhayman al-Otaybi, the Saudi militant who led the Grand Mosque seizure of the Masjid al Haram in Mecca in 1979, will also find that they are rife with myths and illusions about a nearing victory. In other words, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is not that different from his zealous predecessors who deceived their followers and sold them empty illusions about a lavish future. The only difference is that they were guerilla militants; Mr. Khamenei leads a large and powerful country. – Mashry al-Zayidi

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