Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ahmadinejad's in trouble with the hardliners as he enrages cleric by claiming it's ok for men to wear ties

Doesn't Ahmadinejad realize what they done for him they handed him the election! Now they expect him to toe the line ~ on everything!

Image though grown men asking permission to wear a tie!! Its so sad how hamstrung they are about their religion. And that is Islam's weakness and why the west is such a threat. If you sell freedom people will line up to take it. Whereas Islam has to force people to abide by its ideals!

Perhaps Ahmadinejad is feeling a little guilty about the election crackdown and wants to appear more human to those he has been allowed to rule.



President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran has outraged a Muslim cleric by suggesting it is acceptable for men to wear ties.

Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, who is normally a hard line ally of the president, claims that the country's supreme spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a fatwa, or religious law, against wearing ties or bow-ties.

Iranian conservatives view the gentleman’s accessory as a symbol of western decadence. It was once famously compared to a donkey’s tail.

But Mr Ahmadinejad said no religious leader had ever banned the tie.

However, he was swiftly reprimanded by a firebrand ayatollah who is normally a close ally of the usually hardline president.

‘I say to him that many religious dignitaries believe ties should not be worn,’ thundered Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami.

He reminded Mr Ahmadinejad that Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ‘himself has said in a fatwa (religious edict) that wearing ties or bowties is not permitted’.

The populist and controversial Iranian president never wears a tie.

The son of a blacksmith, he cultivates a working-class, man-of-the people sartorial style: cheap loafers, white socks and week-old stubble.

But one item in his down-market wardrobe has made him an unlikely fashion icon among his constituency.

It is a beige, 1970s-style windcheater known as the ‘Ahmadinejad jacket’.

At the height of his popularity – before his fiercely disputed re-election last summer – Iranian entrepreneurs were ordering copies of the drab garment from China to meet the demand at local bazaars from Mr Ahmadinejad’s supporters.

Shopkeepers say there is no written law against ties but, well aware that they are taboo under Iran’s strict Islamic dress code, tend to sell them only under the counter.

Two years ago, a senior official called for a ban on importing ties, insisting they were contradictory ‘to the nature of Iranian culture’.

Whether it is clothes, hairstyles, music or children’s toys, conservatives are concerned by the spread of what they regard as an American-spawned global monoculture, often described as ‘Westoxification’.

The tie, sported by the unpopular Shah and his ministers, was derided as a ‘donkey’s tail’ by Abolhassan Bani Sadr, the Islamic Republic’s first president.

During the early years after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, ties were sometimes snipped off in the streets by zealous Revolutionary Guards.

It did not matter that the tie was invented in Eastern Europe and so was not specifically a western fashion.

But the irrepressible accessory has made a bold and colourful comeback in recent years.

It has been spotted with increasing frequency in the up-market restaurants and plush hotel lobbies of north Tehran, and is also worn at events such as weddings and funerals.

The tie, however, remains a fashion red line for any government official who values his job.

Ayatollah Khatami also chided Mr Ahmadinejad for saying it was not a problem for a man to shave his beard.

‘I call on Mr Ahmadinejad not to take up complicated religious questions because this weakens the government,’ he said.

In June, the Iranian president also aroused the wrath of several senior clerics for criticising a tough police crackdown on improperly veiled women.

Mr Ahmadinejad’s position on the dress code has been hard to fathom.

Before his first term as president in 2005, he suggested he would not crack down on such personal issues, memorably declaring that he did not care about ‘hair sticking out of a young girl’s headscarf’.

But during his presidency the police have announced repeated drives on the dress code.

A crackdown this summer has been the harshest in years, with men for once feeling the heat as well as women.

The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance earlier this month published a guide to permissible hairstyles for men to ensure against ‘decadent’ western coiffures.

Long hair and pony-tails come in for the chop, but the guide allows for a variety of styles – including an Elvis-style quiff – and a dab of once-taboo gel.

Daily Mail

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