Armageddon and the Hojjatieh Sect of Shiite Islam

By Sean Osborne, Associate Director, Military Affairs Specialist

31 January 2006: A more complete understanding of the issues facing the United States, the EU and Israel, as well as other nations and organizations in the world (such as the UN Security Council and the IAEA) in dealing with Iran must be based upon a more complete assessment of the theological group which has achieved preeminence within the Islamic Republic of Iran. The current President of Iran, Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad has long been a member of this group, as is his close spiritual advisor Ayatollah Mesbah-Yazdi. The sect or belief system to which they belong is known as “Hojjatieh”.


The “Hojjatieh” is widely unknown to most people in the West. I will attempt to address this short coming with this article. The origin of this group begins with its Iranian cleric founder, Ayatollah Mahmud Halabi sometime in the 1950’s. Ayatollah Halabi founded this group as the “Anjoman-e Zedd-e Baha-iyat” which means “The Anti-Baha’i Society”. The agenda of this group at the time was purely proprietary within the realm of Shi’a Islam – that is to say a desire within Iranian Shi’a to oppress or suppress the Islamic Baha’a faith and their potential claims concerning the Islamic al-Mahdi (ie: the Islamic messiah or anointed one). This is a messianic theme heavily borrowed from Judeo-Christian roots with the addition of Mohammedean-Islamic thought and various hadiths.

At the time of the Islamic revolution and the over-throw of the Peacock Throne of Shah Reza Pahlavi in Iran in 1979, the “Anjoman” were heavily involved in the revolution led by the formerly exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Anjoman members existed within many different groups within Iranian society and professional disciplines. One student member, the current President of Iran, Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad, was deeply involved in the hostile takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran.

This good political fortune of the Anjoman would not last however. In 1983 Ayatollah Khomeini ordered the group to disband due to one of their basic tenets at the time being opposition to Khomeini’s basis for rule, the “Velayat-e-Faqih”, or rule by clerical jurisprudent, which is roughly akin to the infallibility doctrine found in some Christian beliefs. Khomeini’s primary objection to them was the Anjoman’s view that a purely Islamic government in Iran would delay the arrival of al-Mahdi. As with most of Islam there is a central theme being that the 12th Imam, Abul-Qassem Mohammed, who disappeared in 941 would reappear at the “end of time” and usher in an era of global Islamic justice… the long awaited global Islamic Caliphate.

However, the Anjoman were not politically untuned and quickly changed their name to the Arabicized “Hojjatiyya” (Farsi: Hojjatieh) which is the short version of a longer name meaning “Allah’s proof over his creation”. Many of the Hojjatieh were then absorbed by the Iranian Islamic Coalition Society (Jamiyat-e Motalifih-e Islami) where they remained in relative obscurity on the periphery of real power within the regime until very recently.

The election of Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad, the former mayor of Tehran, to the presidency of Iran is as much a domestic political power-play as it is a calculated grab for power by the many Hojjatieh adherents within the Iranian government. Their influence was never assessed by outside observers to be strong enough to effect the landslide victory (62% of the vote) of Ahmadi-Nejad over the longtime Iranian government official and ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

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Understanding this new Iranian leadership means understanding how Hojjatieh have reformed from their former position regarding an Islamic government in Iran. This is best captured by Ahmadi-Nejad’s spiritual mentor Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi who said, “It doesn’t matter what the people think. The people are ignorant sheep”. Ahmadi-Nejad also evidenced this poltical transformation of Hojjatieh by stating that the main continuing mission of the Iranian revolution is to “pave the way for the reappearance of the 12th Imam… We should define economic, cultural and political policies based upon the policy (Islamic eschatological theology) of Imam Mahdi’s return”.

This is a Hojjatieh validation of Khomeini’s “Velayat-e-Faqih” or rule by Shi’a clerical jurisprudence, the school of thought of the Iranian revolutionary old guard elite, the so-called “in crowd” of an elite 80 some-odd clerics who dictate Iranian national policy. In other words, Iran is an Islamic dictatorship maintained by a very small circle of Shi’a clerics wielding the absolute power of coercive force of arms. To the Western mind and world-view this realistically equates to Iran being an Islamo-fascist dictatorship in hot pursuit of nuclear weaponry.

This brings us to the crux of the current issue of Iran being judged by the IAEA and being sent before the UN Security Council because of their nuclear weapons program. We will now learn why many leaders in the West find the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran to be absolutely unthinkable. According to an Iranian expatriate known as Azarmehr, these Hojjatieh holding the reigns of power in Iran “believe he (Imam Mahdi) will reappear again when the world has become full of oppression and tyranny.” Azarhehr goes on to say that the “Hojjatieh… actually believe in the spread of tyranny and oppression” as a means to hasten to the return of the Imam Mahdi. “If you stand in the way of tyranny and oppression then you delay the coming of the Lord of All Ages.” This taken in consideration with the overall context of statements from the Iranian government regarding the existence of Israel, and holocaust denial (Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad) and the Iranian plan for “the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization” is critical to our national survival and preparations for military action against this Iranian regime.

The recent crash of an Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps falcon jet in northwestern Iran resulted in the deaths of the elite command corps of Iran’s IRGC. The new IRGC Air Force Commander is Brigadier General Hossein Salami. He is the architect of Iranian asymmetrical warfare doctrine. General Salami is in lock-step with the current Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (who is ultimately responsible for the ascension of Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad to the presidency) and his Chief Advisor, Hassan Abbasi. Hassan Abassi is the originator of Iranian plans for war with the US, the West and Israel. Both are adherents, along with President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad of the Hojjatieh ideology making them hard-core Shi’a Islamic apocalyptics.

Execution of the Iranian War Plan:

Attack the US and the UK with massive waves of suicide bombers. These attacks will be followed by massive use of Iranian missile borne WMD.

Recruitment to fill the ranks of these suicide bomber brigades began in 2004. The basis is a continuation and modification of the suicide missions launched by thousands of Iranian teenagers across the minefields of the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980’s. However, these suicide brigades will not be stepping on mines this time around in a war with western enemies, but carrying explosives strapped to their bodies as they attack CONUS and elsewhere.

It has been widely published that Hassan Abbasi is on record as saying:[b] “There are 29 sensitive sites in the US and the West. We have already spied on these sites and we know how we are going to attack them… Iran’s missiles are now ready to strike Western targets, and as soon as the instructions arrive from Ali Khamenei, we will launch our missiles at their cities and installations.”[/b]

These attacks will come against the US and the UK. In fact, they will target the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Israel because as Abbasi has said these nations “are all the children of the same mother” meaning the United Kingdom.

This is part of Abbasi’s announced strategic plan created “for the destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization” as well as the core Hojjatieh desire of “preparing the way of Imam Mahdi” through tyranny and oppression.