Some things are difficult to lend credence to, yet one has to accept that, not only do they happen, but that many ignorant and deluded fools will give weight to them. The temporary Friday prayer leader of Tehran’s recent screed is one of those odd and unhappy things.
A senior Iranian “cleric” says women who wear immodest clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes.
This Hujjat al-Islam – authority on Islam – believes that women not wearing the hijab, jilbab, and abaya causes disasters because it lures men into adultery and draws Allah’s wrath, which in fault-ridden Tehran would mean earthquakes.
Yes, on Friday, April 16, 2010 Hojatoleslam Kazem Seddighi stood in front of a large crowd in Tehran, equated less than head-to-foot covering clothing with promiscuity, said the women led young men astray and into adultery, and claimed these women would cause an earthquake to destroy Iran’s capital, Tehran.
More from the BBC:
Promiscuous women are responsible for earthquakes, a senior Iranian cleric has said.
Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi told worshipers in Tehran last Friday that they had to stick to strict codes of modesty to protect themselves.
“Many women who do not dress modestly lead young men astray and spread adultery in society which increases earthquakes,” he said.
Tens of thousands of people have died in Iran earthquakes in the last decade.
Mr Sedighi was delivering a sermon on the need for a “general repentance” by Iranians.
“What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble? There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam’s moral codes,” he said.
He must really hate and probably fear these three Iranian women who were all born in Tehran but moved on the better things outside of the prudish and repressive regime of the Iranian ayatollahs.
Iran’s loss is most definitely the world’s gain in the case of Angylina Maftano, Aylar Dianati Lie, Shiva Bagheri, and a great many other Farsi women. Hojatoleslam Kazem Seddighi may hate, loath, and fear the Divinely wrought beauty of the Persian women’s forms but I firmly believe that the Civilized World heartily disagrees with him and his misogynist, cowardly prudery.
To the Farsi women I say, shake it dokhtar ziba. Let the beauty of your flesh, the flash of your eyes, and promise of your hips set the very earth to quivering with joy.