The Man with the Chocolate Robes!


The Man with the Chocolate Robes!
by Iqbal Latif

The children of revolution who procreated this Islamic revolution with their blood, tears and sweat are the ones this revolution wants to devours at Gods speed!

Rafsanjani was an old student of Khomienite thoughts as was Montazeri, yet nearly all of them rebelled against the 'Cultish Khomeinism.' After seeing the revolution and its bloodletting the 'major fall' out with Khomeini was theological departure from concept of Allah's dictatorship over people under a 'theocratic Supreme Leader.'

Forget about the liberals who in majority detest this mass human bondage of intellect; it is atrocious how the original authors of this revolution have ditched this revolution. It is akin to Karl Marx ditching Das Kapital; after all Montazeri was after author of 'Dirasat fi Vilayah al-Faqih.'

Rafsanjani, Khatami and Mousavi have very little options, they should know now that the road to emancipation and liberation does not pass through Qom, it never will. Montazari, Rafsanjani, Khatami and Mousavi the insiders of the cabal rebelled due to bankruptcy of the ideas at the top. The great Iranian schism amongst the mullahs i.e. known as 'mother of all schisms' is quietly brewing ready to blow the top off, who can ever forget the picture above when Rafsanjani clearly pulled away and refused to stand next to Ahmadinejad.

Rafsanjani, Montazari, Mousavi all saw finally what a disaster they have bequeathed to Iran in the name of Islamic revolution. They need now to stop dilly dallying and just throw away the yoke of intellectual slavery of Hawzaul-Qom , that's the only way out, to start with a clean slate.

Mohammad Khatami relatively popular reputation amongst group of young as "مردی با عبای شکلاتی" "The Man with the Chocolate Robe" in December 22, 2005, a few months after the end of Khatami's presidency, Chelcheragh organized a ceremony in Khatami's honor on Yalda night hosted by Pegah Ahangarani, the one who blogged this event Hojjat ol-Eslam Seyyed Mohammad Ali Abtahi former Vice President of Iran and a close associate of Khatami has been sentenced as a traitor to jail.

Khatami a political "insider" who drew up a "list of preconditions" to present to the government for the reforms that were realistic was condemned by the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei as "a spy and traitor" and called for his execution. When dissent becomes treason punishable by death, counter revolution for true liberty becomes a duty; ''give me liberty or give me death'' should be the slogan.

A small story from the past, Ayatollah Khomeini emergence as Marja-e Taqlid by a large number of Iranian Shi'is was secured after the death of Ayatollah Boroujerdi's (the most prominent religious leader in Qom after the death of Ayatollah Haeri) and popularity of the '101' of religious practice entitled, Tozih al-Masael.

Whilst Ayatollah Boroujerdi's was alive Khomieni kept a very low profile engaging only in theological matters in hawzaul-Qom ; he taught Islamic jurisprudence and stayed away from politics though and gathered some 'hard core followers' who helped him later to overthrow the Shah. The names of these early associates were Ayatollah Murtaza Motahhari, Grand Ayatollah Hussein-Ali Montazeri Najafabadi and the younger lot Hojatoleslam Mohammad Javad Bahonar and Hojatoleslam Ali Akbar Hashimi-Rafsanjani.

Two of them have rebelled and disowned this non-sensical rule of mullahcracy. (Ayatollah Murtaza Motahhari is considered among the important influences on the ideologies of the Islamic Republic, and was a co-founder of Jāme'e-ye Rowhāniyat-e Mobārez. He taught philosophy for 22 years at University of Tehran, he was assassinated on May 1, 1979. Hojatoleslam Mohammad Javad Bahonar served as the first Iranian cleric Prime Minister was assassinated by Mujahideen-e Khalq on 30 August 1981.)

Grand Ayatollah Hussein-Ali Montazeri Najafabadi was one of the leaders of the Iranian Revolution in 1979 the designated successor to the revolution's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, with whom he had a falling out in 1989 over what Montazeri claimed infringement of people's freedom and denied them their rights. The most conversant Grand Marja of Shi'ite Islam. A session of the Assembly of Experts in November (1985) Montazeri elected him as a designated Khomeini's successor as Supreme Leader. His selection had happened for one reason – Khomeini chose him for this role solely because of his support for Khomeini's principle of theocratic rule by Islamic jurists.

“All of the people know that you are the harvest of what I have sown during my life. The people must follow you” — Khomieni

Inexcusably enough on 26 March 1989 when a furious Khomeini strongly denounced Montazeri's actions and announced dismissal of Montazeri's title of Grand Ayatollah it was the then Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi who ordered portraits Montazeri to be removed from offices and mosques.

In 1989 an interview published in Keyhan, Montazeri directly accused Khomeini: ''The denial of people's rights, injustice and disregard for the revolution's true values have delivered the most severe blows against the revolution. Before any reconstruction [takes place], there must first be a political and ideological reconstruction. This is something that the people expect of a leader.''

In 2004 he remarked: “The people were not happy with the Shah’s regime and nor are they happy now.” Montazeri also criticized Khomeini's fatwa ordering the assassination of author Salman Rushdie saying: "People in the world are getting the idea that our business in Iran is just murdering people."

Khomeini's proposed form of administration called for the most learned, or one of the most learned, Islamic jurists to "rule", and of all those who might be considered a leading Islamic jurist, only Montazeri supported theocracy. And what, he realised soon what a mistake he has made and rebelled.

Until today very few grand Ayatollahs support the thesis of 'Velayat-e Faqih' over 'Shiite doctrine of Quietism. 'Motezari the author of Dirasat fi Vilayah al-Faqih, a scholarly book advocating the supervision of the administration by Islamic jurists but deviated from Khomeini and refused to accept any executive and policy making role for the Islamic Velayat-e Faqih leaning more on the pattern of Grand Ayatollah Sistani; currently the biggest Murja of them all at the Howzaal Najaf.

Mullahs themselves realized today they have to give up any temporal involvement in running of the state. Let them sit in Qom and continue to write thesis's which essentially deal with the interpretations of holy scriptures on carnal activities below navel scar or "Belly button" Tozih al-Masael deals with these issues comprehensively. The 'Man with the Chocolate Robes' Rafsanjani, Khatami and Mousavi have very little options ; just cut the bondages of mind away once for all.


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by Maryam Hojjat on

I love your writing as though you are Iranian and see things as a nationalist Iranian see. However, these clergys and non clergs you mentioned in your great blog will stand on trial for crimes agaist Iranians & world soon in FREE IRAN.  I personally do not think of them as Persians but bunch of traitors who has always been dreaming to plunder IRAN & IRANIAs rather than to Serve this country.



by darius on


When Khomeini entered to shrine of Ali, his enterance was announced loudly as following;


Al imam al mo ood, al  mehdi mo ood, Al emam Khomini"

All those who knew KHomeini , including those you mention in your blog were aware of the situation and Khomeini's claim.He no longer 

considered himself a " Bache Dahati" and a simple Mullah. 

Khomeini was not a natural leader, he lacked all the characteristic of a leader but he was set up by a clever public campaign to make him so.He was needed since others political group lacked power to manipulate the mind of ordianry people .

khomeini  was  a risky and expensive version of what face book started in Tunisia, Egypt .Those who ran Iran revolution project , finally,  found a cheaper way ,less traceable , with less involvement method to avoid making the same mistake they made in Iran, Iraq and else where.


Iqbal Latif


by Iqbal Latif on

Khomeini was a single minded puritan of supreme order, disciplined, detached, distant from the concept of loyalty to the motherland, burning desire to change Iran to become Dar al-Islam, whereas for most of Iranians it is the other way.

When Peter Jennings asked him on his return to Iran in a AF plane his answer was classically dispassionate, nonchalant: "What do you feel in returning to Iran?" Khomeini answered in a cynical tone: "Hichi!

Theologically the thesis of Vilayat-i Faqih was rejected by almost the entire dozen grand ayatollahs living in 1981 like Abu al-Qasim al-Khu'i and Shariat Madari (who died in 1986), openly opposed Khomeini. Gulpaygani, al-Qummi, al-Shirazi, and al-Najaf al-Mar'ashi maintained a distance or Takiya.

Ironically only one Grand Ayatollah Hussein-Ali Montazeri Najafabadi approved the concept. His 'Dirasat fi Vilayah al-Faqih' gave legitimacy to Khomeinism claim.Imagine what he did to his closest ally and ideological consort.

Many things helped Khomeini, his intransigence was one. Others are the prophesy that is allegedly said to originate from Musa al-Kazim shortly before his death in 799 that 'a man will come out from Qom and he will summon people to the right path. There will rally to him people resembling pieces of iron, not to be shaken by violent winds, unsparing and relying on God.'

I believe Khomeini also benefitted the most from 1977 death of Dr. Ali Shariati. Also don't forget that story of face in the moon.

I see Shiite quietism to return; the schism I have talked about for last few years, will be the result of this whole revolution, geo politics of the area will not help Iranian mullahcracy, with Syria gone and Turkey taking a key role the era of more freedom based and democratic Middle East is hopefully a reality, lets pray for the best.

P.S. As for my personal question, I speak Persian like a 'bulbul;' I don't have a laheja at all; though short of vocabulary but picking up well.

I have picked up reading Persian very well too because of munajaats. Iqbal e Lahori and Mathnavi and so in childhood; I like Iran a lot , had it not been for universality of ideas that Iranian philosophy incorporated in me may be I would have been a far more limited person.

Finest tradition, finest country and finest etiquettes where else some one will tell you, Qurban e shoma and kabil na dare, nowhere. take care. LOL


of colors

by پندارنیک on

How about the man in the uniform, chocolate or otherwise? How do you assess the role of the Sepah (IRGC) in future, especially after the demise of Khamenei?

And a small note: Khomeini's hastened rise to the rank of an ayatollah was not for the vacuum created after the death of fact his life was saved by the title for which he was considered by some as unqualified all along..........

And of course a personal question that you don't have to ansswer: Can you read Farsi, Iqbal?