Exposure of Movie Predicting Shiite Messiah Causes Turmoil Within Iranian Regime
Ahmadinejad fires his chief of staff, Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Sistani calls the film "very worrisome," and the filmmakers claim they prescreened the movie for Ahmadinejad and Khamenei before release.
April 11, 2011 - 9:17 am
Ever since I exposed the Iranian documentary The Coming is Upon Us — which promises the imminent coming of the twelfth Shiite imam, Imam Mahdi — a heated argument has been taking place within the Iranian establishment. There is panic and concern over the coverage of the movie in the West.
The film reveals the regime’s true ideology and plans for the world. As I stated in my release, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei — President Ahmadinejad’s top adviser and chief of staff — was directly involved with this project, and he was the first one to be sacrificed over the movie’s publicity in the West. Ahmadinejad, who had strongly supported Mashaei, had no option but to fire him from that position, which was announced on April 8.
One day later, Mashaei denied any involvement with the makers of the movie, though he did not deny all of its facts.
However, the objection to this movie came not only from those opposing Ahmadinejad but also from some hardline radicals, including Hossein Shariatmadari — the managing editor of Kayhan, Iran’s major state newspaper. He lambasted everyone, claiming that now the enemy (the West) is using this video to weaken Iran by showing the intimacies of their sacred beliefs to the world.
The Iranian regime never intended for the documentary to be made public. Reports indicate that funds for its production came directly from the Revolutionary Guards: they intended to distribute it en masse throughout the Middle East to incite further uprisings, while calling for the unification of Arabs to overthrow U.S.-backed governments and promising the destruction of Israel and the imminent coming of the Shiite messiah.
The revelations in this movie have even caused the Grand Ayatollah Sistani in Iraq to show concern, as he has long opposed the radicalism coming out of Iran. Said Sistani:
The analysis for the timing of The Coming of the last Imam is quite concerning. These analyses could weaken the very belief of Muslims. Such activities should not take place in Iran. … This is very worrisome.