Qom and Tehran: Two Different Attitudes and Directions
asharq alawsat / Ataollah Mohajerani

Two Friday prayers sermons took place on 21 August 2009, one in the holy city of Qom – the religious capital of Iran – and the other in Tehran – the capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran – however these sermons were completely different from each other. When comparing the sermon delivered by Ayatollah Ebrahim Amini in Qom to that delivered by Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati in Tehran, it is clear that they each Ayatollah belongs to a very different trend. In my opinion, what we are witnessing is two very different types of Islam, and there is a wide gap between them.

However first, allow me to introduce you to the two Imam's mentioned above.

Ahmad Jannati has been a member of the Guardian Council since 1980, and has served as Chairman of the Guardian Council since 1988. Ayatollah Jannati wields a considerable amount of influence because not only is he Chairman of the Guardian Council, he also has seats on the Expediency Discernment Council, and the Assembly of Experts.

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