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Reader comment on item: The Mystical Menace of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Submitted by Jahan (United Kingdom), Aug 19, 2006 at 14:26

Dear Sir,

In your article titled, "The Mystical Menace of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad"; you have made the following observation

"The concept originated in the earliest years of Islam and, over time, became particularly identified with the Shi‘ite branch. Whereas "it never became an essential part of Sunni religious doctrine," continues the encyclopedia, "Belief in the coming of the Mahdi of the Family of the Prophet became a central aspect of the faith in radical Shi‘ism," where it is also known as the return of the Twelfth Imam."

In actual fact this is an incorrect statement, as Sunni Muslims to believe in the coming of the Mahdi, and it is indeed an essential part of Sunni doctrine.

However one must remember the Shias and Sunnis have differing accounts or understandings of the Imam. Shias believe he is in hidding whereas Sunnis believe he will a very normal person who will be bestowed divine knowledge overnight.

For a fair account of the Imam please read wikipedia online.

Thanks Mr. Pipes

Jahan

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"In actual fact this is an incorrect statement, as Sunni Muslims to believe in the coming of the Mahdi."

Read the encyclopedia entry again, and note that it says that.

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