Newspaper tells Iranians: Vote for Rouhani’s rival ‘for the Mahdi to emerge’
In its Wednesday edition, a newspaper associated with Iran’s supreme leader linked what it called “the imminent emergence of the Mahdi” to the vote for Hassan Rouhani’s rival in the presidential elections later this month.
The Mahdi is seen by some Muslims as the ultimate savior of humankind and the final Imām of the Twelve Imams who will emerge with Isa (Jesus Christ) in order to fulfill their mission of bringing peace and justice to the world.
The idea was published in an article entitled “He may appear this Friday,” which employed the Twelver sectarian doctrine on the Mahdi.
“The signs of his appearance are clear and the most important duty of the Shiites today is to serve Imam al-Zaman (the Mahdi) in the present era and pave the way for his emergence,” the paper stated.
The paper also called for “pushing Iranian society and the world community towards 'Mahdism.'”
Indeed, Rouhani’s election four years ago as Iran's president was described by the same newspaper as a "calamity" that appeared at the center of the resistance axis.
The newspaper had considered him hostile to “the idea of resistance and linked his life and existence to the blind subordination to Western civilization.”
The conservative movement in Iran supports hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi, against his rival Rouhani, who has the support of moderates and reformists in Iran.