Rivalry between Khomeini & Shariatmadari,1979


by Tapesh

There has ben an assassination attempt upon one of Khomeini's rivals for supremacy amongst the Muslim faithful of Iran,Shariatmadari. His guard was killed in the attempt at Madari's house in Qom. Meanwhile in Tehran Khomeini's supporters are arming themselves.

Iranian religious leader Shariat-Madari speaking in Persian at his home in the religious city of Qom, Iran. He says that the recent demonstrations in the country expressed the true wishes of the nation.

Supporters of Mohammad Kazem Shariatmadari, the moderate Grand Ayatollah whose more tolerant views are abjured by Ayatollah Khomeini, clash with supporters of Khomeini. Gunfire on the streets and a vehicle set alight.

Mohammad Kazem Shariatmadari (also spelled Shariat Madari) (1905 in Tabriz,  3 April 1986 in Tehran) was a Grand Ayatollah, and a leading Shiite cleric in Iran and Iraq.

Shariatmadari was born into a family of Azerbaijan in Tabriz. After the death of Grand Ayatollah Boroujerdi in 1962 he became the minister a considerable increase in followers. This led to his leading role in the Shiite area. Known for his liberal views and positions, he led after the Iranian revolution in 1979 to a political movement against Khomeini and founded the Republican party of the Muslims. He also headed the center for Islamic studies and publications, and was the director of the Fatima Madrasa in Qom.

In April 1982, Shariatmadari was implicated by Sadegh Ghotbzadeh in a political process. Ghotbzadeh was because of the allegations with senior military officers and ministers in a coup against Khomeini and planning a bomb attack against his residence, was arrested and claimed that Grand Ayatollah Shariatmadari was unaware of the plans and promised him financial support and blessing.

The Iranian government launched a campaign pointed out to discredit Grand Ayatollah Shariatmadari. Although he was due to his position as Mudjtahid not executed, but his party was banned and the Centre for Islamic Studies and publications were closed.

Shariatmadari was until his death in 1986 under house arrest.


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by Harpi-Eagle on

In 1342 (1964), it was because of Shariatmadari giving the title of Ayatollah to Khomeini that he was able to escape the firing squad, he and Timsar Hasan Pakraven talked Shah into sparing Khomeini's pathetic life. Khomeini repayed both of them well, he isolated Shariatmadari and executed Pakravan. So the moral of the story is "The only good mollah is a dead mollah".

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Zia its complex, Khomeini wasn't exactly picked by Iranians

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

He had immense organization and backing from outside Iran, the same backing that gutlessly murdered Sadat, has taken over Libya, is trying a take over in Egypt and is creating chaos in Syria. 

The point is that the west believed Iranians had to be thwarted and the power Iranians have come up against is and was far greater than Iranians Immense Power Pre-79. 

The USA/UK/France Love Extremism for Iran and others, even today.  Fortunately we had a King that accepted losing his life and his crown to save Iranian lives and deny long term victory for the forces against Iranians. 

Ultimately the west lost the war.  They just don't know the limits of their own power and so will continue this path until they realize the indirect cost for them. 

In terms of Mental & Intellectual Decline for a developed country today, the USA is Peerless.  Its why the wealthy brought Obama to power, to do as they wanted and why the USA can't meet its own challenges any longer. 

I give you 3 guarantees Zia.  I guarantee you in the next 5 years the USA doesn't come out of its depression and eventually we see a global meltdown lead by USA debt (not sure when, under 10 years). 

I also guarantee you the West won't be able to keep the IRI in power for longer than 1 year after the coming global melt down as they run out of power to keep IRI in place. 

I guarantee you that if the west had the possibility they would keep extremists in power for ever, yet out of the wests coming weakness, forces within Iran will assert themselves and kick the IRI out in the coming years.



He could've stopped Khomeini's victory in Feb '79

by Zia111 on

But he didn't. He could've opened his mouth and warned the people about what Khomeini represented. But he didn't.