"There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam..."
Iran's hard-line leader President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the target of criticism from within his own nation for publically hugging a woman, as reported by the Al-Arabiya News Network of the United Arab Emirates on March 10, 2013.
The Iranian leader is taking heat from Sharia'a Law proponents from within the Iranian parliament who have deemed Ahmadinejad's condolence hug to Elena Frias, mother of the deceased Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chávez, as distinctly "un-Islamic."
An enraged Iranian Member of Parliament (MP) Mohammed Dehghan said, in an implied reference to Ahmadinejad:
"That such an act by a prominent executive official opposes the behavior of a Muslim who is constrained by religious commitments."
As reported, former MP Hojatoleslam Mohammed Taghi Rahbar stated that Ahmadinejad "lost control over the situation during the funeral of Chávez."
The Criticism Grows...
As if a public hug wasn't bad enough for the Islamists within the Iranian government, Ahmadinejad is also being castigated from within for declaring the death of Chávez a national holiday.
Al-Arabiya is reporting that Ahmadinejad's declaration was described hammered as "an illegal precedent."
Chávez As Savior...
Iranian Shiite leaders are also coming down hard on their president when he stated during his eulogy of Chávez, that he:
"Will come again along with Jesus Christ and Al-Imam al-Mahdi to redeem mankind."
Not quite done making religious pronouncements, Ahmadinejad also declared at the funeral:
"Chávez’s soul will return and that he will come again after the appearance of the (Hidden) Imam."
As the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmadinejad could possibly be reminded of one of the more fundamental precepts of the republic's founder, the Ayatollah Khomeini:
"Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer.
An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam.
There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious." - Ayatollah Khomeini, 1979
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