‘ISRAEL … WILL TURN INTO ASHES WITHIN SECONDS’
Mahdi fever fueling confidence behind reckless rhetoric, threats
By Reza Kahlili
July 5, 2012
A senior Iranian cleric is warning Israel that if it attacks the Islamic state’s nuclear facilities, it will be burned to the ground.
In an event dubbed “Followers of Hidden Imam,” Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Khatami, a member of the Assembly of Experts and the substitute Friday Prayer leader of Tehran, said, “Should Israel commit madness, it will turn into ashes within seconds,” according to Fars News Agency, the Revolutionary Guards’ media outlet.
Shiites believe their 12th Imam, Mahdi, will reappear at the end of times and kill all infidels, raising the flag of Islam in all four corners of the world.
The attendants at Tuesday’s event, which was organized by the cultural center for the “Hidden Imam” in the city of Shiraz, discussed actions needed for the reappearance of the last Islamic messiah.