The Ayatollah Of Rock-and-Rolla: Iranian Clerics Call for The Assassination Of Iranian Rapper For Blasphemous Song

Called “the Salman Rushdie of music,” Shahin Najafi, a Germany-based Iranian singer, has been hit with fatwas calling for his killing, including one from a leading Ayatollah, after he released a song with references to Ali al-Hadi al-Naqi, the tenth of the 12 Shia Muslim Imams. The brief reference was enough to call for his death under Sharia law.

The actual reference is pretty brief and mild:

The song, by the rapper Shahin Najafi, is addressed to Imam Naghi, a revered Shiite Muslim cleric who died in the ninth century. The song’s lyrics include some profanity and sexual innuendo, according to a translation of some verses by Golnaz Esfandiari, a blogger for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the American-financed news network. But what caused a stir in Iran was a chorus in which Mr. Najafi asks for Imam Naghi to return instead of Imam Mahdi, the Shiite messiah.

Hey Naghi! Now that Mahdi has slept, we are calling you.
Hey Naghi! We are ready wearing our shrouds, hey Naghi! Rise up!
Naghi! For sake of love and Viagra.

The Iranian clerics unanimously declared him to be an apostate, including powerful Ayatollah Naser Makareme Shirazi in the holy city of Qom. Makareme Shirazi declared that “any outrage against the infallible imams … and obvious insult against them would make a Muslim an apostate.”Previously, the cleric issued tough edicts against “women attending football matches, keeping pets and the Holocaust.”

The Iranian religion website which runs on the regime-controlled .ir domain has offered a $100,000 (£62,000) reward for anyone who kills Najafi. The site declared “A (website) founder who lives in one of the Gulf Arab states has promised to pay the ($100,000) bounty on behalf of to the killer of this abusive singer.”

The rapper should not look to the imam for spiritual support. Imam al-Hadi, who was later poisoned, dealt with religious dissidents in a fatal fashion. In his day, for example, some scholars believed words such as “zakat” or “prayer” did not actually mean praying or giving alms. Instead, they believed that they referred not to an act but to a man. Imam al-Hadi disagreed and ordered them all killed, telling his followers “…if you overcome any of them (extremists), break his head with a stone!”

It may be blasphemy and apostasy but it has a nice tune you can dance to. Perfect for any rave in the West or stoning in Iran . . .

Source: Guardian

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  2. Under Sharia Law?…this is the Shia’s own version of the Sharia law…under Sharia Law he would be pardoned and how would you Christians like if someone made an obscene song on Christ returning…how would you’re southerners react to THAT?……idiots

  3. CLH – He wasn’t speaking English? I have trouble understanding most lyrics. I just go with the beat and the melody. I like this one.

  4. @bettykath- I know, right? I just bought this guy’s album, and I don’t speak a word of German. And I generally dislike hip hop and rap. Hope he keeps it up! (And I hope he has the German Police on speed dial).

  5. Is it time for clean coal yet? How much longer are we going to keep sending billions of dollars a year to these people?

    And don’t talk about renewable energy sources being enough. That’s decades away.

  6. The clerics have done a great job of promoting the song and the singer.

  7. These Ayatollahs are so behind the times. I’m sure the CIA could give them some training on modern day “Intervention” techniques. I think they’d all be surprised by how much they have in common.

  8. The modern version of Biggie and Tupac? What Najafi needs to do now is write a rap about how he slept with the Ayatollah’s woman…

  9. Rockers need to take up that song from Saturday Night Live over 30 years ago: Bomb, bomb, Iran. Someone here on this blog must know the liracs for the clerics. Rockin and a rollin, rockin and a reeling bomb Iran, bomb bomb…
    to the tune of Barb ar an.

  10. Two clerics for every rock n roller. Why do they call them clerics anyway? What do they do? Keep track of people? Maybe rockin rollers need a set of loudspeakers out by the work district in this guys town and they should open up with the Stones at call to prayer time and drown out the stinkin mullahs.
    All religions are dumb but this one needs some retribution.

  11. that guy has plenty of money, why doesnt he just put a bounty on the heads of the Ayatollahs?

    “Bring me the head of Ayatollah Shirazi” has a nice ring to it. I am sure $25k would get the job done, hell probably someone would do it for free.

    I think Najafi has a rap song out of that and could request it in the song and maybe get them Ayatollah fellows “waxed” for a song.

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