by Reza Kahlili — a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards
Ahmadinejad fires his chief of staff, Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Sistani calls the film “very worrisome,” and the filmmakers claim they prescreened the movie for Ahmadinejad and Khamenei before release.
Ever since I exposed the Iranian documentary The Coming is Upon Us — which promises the imminent coming of the twelfth Shiite imam, Imam Mahdi — a heated argument has been taking place within the Iranian establishment. There is panic and concern over the coverage of the movie in the West.
The film reveals the regime’s true ideology and plans for the world. As I stated in my release, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei — President Ahmadinejad’s top adviser and chief of staff — was directly involved with this project, and he was the first one to be sacrificed over the movie’s publicity in the West. Ahmadinejad, who had strongly supported Mashaei, had no option but to fire him from that position, which was announced on April 8.
One day later, Mashaei denied any involvement with the makers of the movie, though he did not deny all of its facts.
However, the objection to this movie came not only from those opposing Ahmadinejad but also from some hardline radicals, including Hossein Shariatmadari — the managing editor of Kayhan, Iran’s major state newspaper. He lambasted everyone, claiming that now the enemy (the West) is using this video to weaken Iran by showing the intimacies of their sacred beliefs to the world.
The Iranian regime never intended for the documentary to be made public. Reports indicate that funds for its production came directly from the Revolutionary Guards: they intended to distribute it en masse throughout the Middle East to incite further uprisings, while calling for the unification of Arabs to overthrow U.S.-backed governments and promising the destruction of Israel and the imminent coming of the Shiite messiah.
The revelations in this movie have even caused the Grand Ayatollah Sistani in Iraq to show concern, as he has long opposed the radicalism coming out of Iran. Said Sistani:
The analysis for the timing of The Coming of the last Imam is quite concerning. These analyses could weaken the very belief of Muslims. Such activities should not take place in Iran. … This is very worrisome.
All of this caused the makers of the documentary — who call themselves “The Conductors of The Coming” and who worked in collaboration with the Iranian president’s office and with the Basij (Iranian paramilitary force) — to hold a press conference. They defended the movie and stated some very interesting facts, including that the movie was pre-screened for the supreme leader prior to availability:
At first, they harshly criticized those attacking the movie and responded to a question posed that the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and President Ahmadinejad had seen the movie. They stated:
“We can tell you with utmost assurance that they have seen the movie as it touches on a very important subject and it relates directly to them. The enemy now has zoomed in on this issue. We did show it to the supreme leader and the president for their review ourselves and there was no objection.”
In response to another question the film makers defended the comparison of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to the mythical figure “Seyed Khorasani,” who per the Hadith creates the circumstances for the reappearance of Shiites’ 12th imam and passes the flag of Islam to the last imam, by noting several points: “One is that on many occasions when others have called him Seyed Khorasani, he has smiled and nodded without refusing the claim. Many have asked him to verify his position and he has chosen silence. Well if it was not true, if it was not in accordance with his own belief, then wouldn’t the supreme leader come out and say this is not true and stop this argument?”
The producers of the movie then continued by reaffirming the facts that the Revolutionary Guard Commander Jabari and former Chief Commander of the Guards Yahya Safavi, and even Grand Ayatollah Kazem Haeri and many more prominent figures, have called the supreme leader “Seyed Khorasani” in front of him and His Excellency has nodded.
It is important to note that in the video, Grand Ayatollah Khomeini — the founder of the Islamic Republic — is quoted as saying that he had three goals for Iran:
1. Overthrowing the shah
2. Establishing an Islamic state
3. Creating the situation for the return of the last imam
It goes on to say that the one following him will be the one to pass the flag of Islam to Imam Mahdi for the conquest of the world by Islam. There is also a quote claiming Khomeini personally told Ayatollah Khamenei that he will be the one to bring about the End of Times and the final glorification of Allah.
While the Iranian leaders are scrambling to stop the damage caused by the publicity over this video, it is important to note: they truly believe their mission to destroy Israel and bring about the reappearance of Imam Mahdi.
This morning, reports claim the Iranian regime has filtered the website of “The Conductors of The Coming,” along with the movie and all of the related information.
Reza Kahlili is a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the author of the award winning book, A Time to Betray. He is a senior Fellow with EMPact America and teaches at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy (JCITA).