Iran Arrests Thousands Of Men For Claiming To Be A Fake Mehdi/Messiah

BsuinessInsider: EARLIER this year Iran’s authorities arrested a score of men who, in separate incidents, claimed to be the Mahdi, a sacred figure of Shia Islam, who was “hidden” by God just over a millennium ago and will return some time to conquer evil on earth.

A website based in Qom, Iran’s holiest city, deemed the men “deviants”, “fortune-tellers” and “petty criminals”, who were exploiting credulous Iranians for alms during the Persian new-year holiday, which fell in mid-March.

Many of the fake messiahs were picked up by security men in the courtyard to the mosque in Jamkaran, a village near Qom, whose reputation as the place of the awaited Mahdi’s advent has been popularised nationwide by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. When he took office in 2005 he gave the mosque $10m.

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  1. My first reaction on reading this piece is a big laugh at the headlines of The Economist.
    Actually the government of Iran has arrested these people for claiming to be ” the mehdi” ; not for claiming to be fake mehdis !!!

    Next , in any modern society , such crackpot would be sent to psychiatrists at mental hospitals , not to prison.

    Further , the last real Messiah was crucified .

    Shiite belief holds that the Mehdi and Jesus will come together to rid the world of *evil* ~~~~~and heaven will be established here.

    Last : I doubt very much that educated Iranians are so gullible as to accept any charlatan as the Mehdi

    Most important : There is a parallel concept in the Zorastrian tradition, which predates Christianity & Islam in Iran, which hopes for a messiah :

    (see) >>>> ” —-Jewish idea of a coming Savior, or Messiah, was influenced by Zoroastrian messianism. Already in the book of Second Isaiah, possibly written during the Exile, the prophet speaks of a Savior who would come to rescue the Jewish people: a benefactor, “anointed” by God to fulfill his role (the word “messiah” means “anointed one”). In many verses, he identifies Cyrus the liberator as that Messiah. The growth of messianic ideas is parallel in both Jewish and Iranian thought. Zarathushtra, in his Gathas, describes a saoshyant (savior) as anyone who is a benefactor of the people. Similarly in Jewish prophecy, the Messiah is not a single special Savior but anyone who does great things for the Jewish people – even if that person is a Persian King. But as both Persian and Jewish savior-mythology evolve, the Saoshyant – and the Messiah – take on a special, individual, almost divine quality which will be very important in the birth of Christianity. —-”

    Our world ( with mankind at its centre) is unfortunately prone to great EVIL. No *SAVIOUR* can change us, until we look within and save our SOULS first.

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