Friday prayers, nothing boring these days...

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Friday prayers in Tehran University has traditionally been a time for the government to give its version of events, and usually there has just been one version. No longer. The Supreme Leader recently used the Friday prayers to endorse the disputed election result; two weeks ago Hashemi Rafsanjani, ex-President and a major political power-broker, flatly contradicted this adding that Ayatollah Khomeini had always insisted that the revolution would finish, if the people were not with you, a coded threat to the Supreme Leader; and last week (Friday 24th) a Khamanei loyalist, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami (not the former President) in reply attacked the Supreme Leader’s critics. This was to be expected. But then he also attacked President Ahmadinejad for not sacking his first vice President, Esfandir Rahim-Mashaie according to the Supreme Leader’s request. Mashaie is out of favour because earlier he had said that Iran was friends with every country, even Israel. So…there is nothing boring about Friday prayers these days, as they continue to show up the divisions at the heart of the government. In this Christians need to remember that God is not for lawlessness and anarchy.

  • Pray that whatever the outcome in this political drama, peace and common sense prevail.