Saturday, July 10, 2010

A good ayatollah is a dead ayatollah


"A good ayatollah is a dead ayatollah" is an old saying among Iranians. The older version is something like "a good mullah is a dead mullah". These two phrases basically mean the same thing and mean mullahs, ayatollahs, clerics are good when they are dead, otherwise they are up to no good. These phrases derived from historical interaction of people and clerics.

Ayatollah is a high ranking title given to a Islamic Shia mullah (cleric). Ayatollahs have followers and followers comply with anything that following ayatollah wishes them to do. These followers usually pay cash or whatever they would be able to do to satisfy ayatollahs. Merchants (Bazari people) used to financially support ayatollahs all the way and equally, ayatollahs would issue a decree in favour of a specific product or brand to benefit their merchant followers or simply ask their followers to shop from those merchants. Or whenever merchants get on the wrong side of the law, ayatollah would intervene on their behalf.

Since Khamenei became Supreme Leader in Iran, he has fed ayatollahs and seminary schools with money and by doing so he basically changed the traditional relationship between ayatollahs and their followers, and specially merchants to a great extent. I do not want to go off topic so let me get back to the point that I started.

Recently, an ayatollah died in Lebanon, couple of months ago another one in Qom, Iran. If you happen to have seen any of the ceremonies that thousands of their followers gather and mourn, you might have get this impression that "wow! what a pity, he definitely have been good to people". This is the kind of impression usually every average clueless person might make. If you have been one of these people, change and think again!

By the way I am not a pessimist.

5 comments:

  1. Great Blog my friend. As long as they are iranian Pahlevans of your kind, Iran is not lost.

    Doroud bar to

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  2. YOu must be an ignorant person because from reading this crap i see that you have no idea about Iranians in Iran and this term you happen to write your drivel about is and American slang. Morons shouldn't be allowed to write blogs. Go back to making your kabob and tal you jerk.

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  3. @ Anonymous

    Here again another Ayatollah lover...okay, tell me which one of your family clan is Ayatollah?

    The kind of you that doesn't have the courage to write their names when they leave comment, all of you have big mouth without reasoning in Anonymous way!

    You live in LA, USA and you tell me Ayatollahs are good for Iran....do us all a favour and come back and live in Iran.

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  4. YOU ARE RIGHT MY FRIEND THESE AKHOOND LOVER BRATS LIVE IN AMERICA OR EUROPE THEN THEY SUPPORT DIRTY ISLAMO FASCIST REGIME IN IRAN YOU KNOW WHY?BECAUSE THEY ARE FAMILY MEMBERS LIVING FROM ALL THE STOLEN MONEY THAT BELONGS TO IRANIAN PEOPLE.THESE LITTE MORONIC JERKS CALL THEMSELVES IRANIAN WHICH IS A JOKE.THE SAD TRUTH IS THAT THEY ARE NOTHING BUT A BUNCH OF BLOOD SUCKERS AND VERMIN WHO MUST BE PUT DOWN LIKE A DOG WITH RABIES.NA ISLAM FAGHAT AZADI

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  5. DEATH TO ALL MULLAHS AND PARTICULARLY MULLAH LOVERS AND DIRTY TERRORIST REGIME !!

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