Khamenei’s representative to IRGC compared nuclear negotiation to the martyrdom of Imam Reza, poisoned by Abbasid Caliph

Speaking with Sepah News, Pasdaran press agency, Ayatollah Ali Movahedi Kermani – Khamenei’s representative to IRGC – has compared the actual negotiation on Iran nuclear program, to the martyrdom of Imam Reza. Imam Reza is the eight Imam of the Shia tradition, the only one buried in Iran (in Mashhad). Why this comparison it’s so important? Because of the history of Imam life and death. Imam Reza has lived in Medina, today Saudi Arabia, with his family, with the goal to avoid persecutions from the Abbasid Caliphs. After the victory of al-Ma’mun against his brother al-Amin in 812, al Ma’mun was nominated new Caliph of the Abbasid dynasty. His goal was to close the division with the followers of Imam Ali (the Shiites), ending the fight between the two faction of Islam. Because of this, Shia history says, Caliph al-Ma’mun forced Imam Reza to met him in Khurasan and nominated Reza as his heir (817). But the Imam Reza never became the successor of al-Ma’mun: during a travel in Persia, the Imam was killed by al-Ma’mun, with poisoned grapes (May 818). He is today buried in the Imam Ridha Mosque of Mashhad. Comparing the nuclear negotiation between the West and Iran with the story of Imam Reza, it’s an indirect way to warn the Iranian negotiators on the West plan to court Iran with the secret goal to poison Tehran after the agreement.

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