reply to post by Freeborn
ok so here goes. I am going to say things in small increments and if anything confuses you I will clarify. Once you read this post, you can ask for
clarifications, and I will explain, and then I will, with your ok, make another post going further into your misunderstandings ok?
As you know, shia islam has a holistic approach to religion, and it encompasses self, family, community, and state. We are not sunni, we have the Imam
of our time, he is not among us physically until the end of days. But he is still with us in a spiritual manner.
That said I will explain the political realm of shia thought.
Group 1) Political
Group 2) Apolitical
Group 3) Neither political nor apolitical... but something inbetween.
Being political in shia islam these days means rather to believe in the authority of the WF (Khomeini, Khamanei) often over not just iranians but over
all the shia.
to be apolitical means rather to believe that politics has no place in shia islam until the coming of the imam, and the only one with authority over
the shia is the imam and anyone trying to grant themselves authority over the shia who is not the imam has committed a grave and unforgivable sin.
To be neither is to find that happy little balance thats says that the WF is a man and as such can make mistakes, but learned so we should listen to
what they are saying, that Iran had the right to set up a religious government (that was hotly debated at one time) but that the WF who is over Iran
is not over all the shia, only the Iranian shia.
For Ahmedinejad, it was apparent that he was with the latter group. He was at neither extreme in the religious sense.
Also important to point out, these are the only three groups in 12er Islam. I know people in each of these three groups and while, I never met
Ahmedinejad, I can infer which group he was in from his apparent behavior and speeches.
Now, Ahmedinejad was never an apethetic group three personality, he believed in the ability for and responsibility of self determination. Part of this
came from the times he was in.
I will wait for your response to this before continuing.
edit on 6-1-2014 by OpinionatedB because: spelling