Subsequently, the Iranian Supreme Leader in a criticism of individuals such as the Governor of the Iranian Central Bank, who had compared the milieu in Iran to the three growling years the prophet and his companions resided at a desert location named Shib Abi Taleb (also known as Shib Abi Hashem), where they were woefully hampered by the economical circumvention of their foes, rebuked the comparison and cited the situation in the country as being more like the battles of Badr and Khaybar. The consequently abandonment of his earlier evaluation whilst in Northern Khorasan, and still conjuring other similarities with the era of the prophet, indicates his chimeras; the particulars of which are detailed in the subsections below.
Invigorating and utilizing religious sentiments:
The Iranian Supreme leader is trying to use, or more accurately misuse, the religious sentiments and inclination of the people so that he may encourage them to show more resilience in the face of pressure. In the conjured comparisons cited, he casts himself in the role of the prophet, the people in the role of the sincere Muslim at the zenith of Islam and the weak elements of the populace are ascribed the role of the Pharisees; in these dramatizations the international community are often assigned the part of infidels. With these concocted comparisons the people are encouraged to remain firm and observe the instructions of the prophet’s current day successor, as initial Muslims heeded the instructions of the prophet during the zenith of Islam.
The Iranian Leader, deploying these comparisons, stated: “In the Battle of Ahzab (Battle of the Confederates) a bunch of hypocrites, as well as individuals of feeble faith, faulted and derided the faithful for not making concessions and altering their policies. However, the real devotees of the prophet (PBoH) use to retort that they are not surprised by the pressures brought to bear on them, nor do they feel trepidation and thus they will continue with their path.” Ayatollah Khamenei places himself in the role of the prophet whilst simultaneously forgetting the fact that in the said battle and in the Battle of Badr the prophet sought the counsel of Muslims and allowed them to articulate their views. Even if we accept the premises that given the current circumstances there exists not the possibility to referendum the people, the Iranian Leader can widen the circle of his advisors from the “sagacious select” and seek the views of all parties and political groups. However, will a Leader with his particular qualities submit to such a process? Undoubtedly not. Alas, Ayatollah Khamenei conveniently monopolizes the part of the battle-comparisons which would bolster his power, apart from that, he has no interest pertaining to the right of the people. This assertion can be certified by the fact that in his caricatures he also threatens them – the people – with obligatory resistance.