Women's clothing ‘causing rivers to run dry’, says senior Iranian cleric

Published: June 15, 2016
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Cleric urges Iran’s morality police to crack down on ‘improper veiling’. PHOTO: REUTERS

Cleric urges Iran’s morality police to crack down on ‘improper veiling’. PHOTO: REUTERS

Women’s choice of clothing has long been a topic of discussion with some clerics going as far as claiming it causes earthquakes. In another such bizarre assertion, a senior Iranian cleric has accused women’s liberal choice of clothing and ‘immorality’ as the cause for one of the country’s rivers drying up.

In a recent sermon, Seyyed Youssef Tabatabi-Nejad said, “My office has received photos of women next to the dry Zayandeh-rud River pictured as if they are in Europe. It is these sorts of acts that cause the river to dry up even further.”

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The cleric urged the country’s morality police to crack down on ‘improper veiling’ and suggested women’s immodest clothing was having an adverse impact on the environment.

Tabatabi-nejad is a senior official on the Assembly of Experts, a clerical body of 88 senior clerics who appoint Iran’s Supreme Leader. He’s not the only cleric who claimed natural disasters can be caused by dressing immorally.

Sayyed Yousef Tabatabi-nejad. Photo: Iran’s state-controlled Ahlul Bayt News Agency, May 9, 2016

His comments come following an increase in the number of morality police in Iran and subsequent crackdown on women failing to veil ‘appropriately’, playing music too loudly in their cars or acting in a way that is perceived to be un-Islamic by the authorities.

The imam’s comments have been criticised by the National Council of Resistance of Iran, with one member commenting: “This reflects the typical mindset of the theocratic regime ruling Iran which is no different to the culture of the Islamic State (IS).

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“Misogyny is a cornerstone of this mindset. The regime’s increasing isolation with each passing day results in more brutal methods of suppression being employed by the regime,” the member said.

The imam has previously made comments that women should only stay at home while men work, as well as previously condoning violence against women who do not adhere to the country’s dress code.

This article originally appeared on The Independent.

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  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 15, 2016 - 1:31PM

    The good: High % of Persian women goodlooking and graceful.
    The bad: Many running around with a bandage across their honkers these day.
    The ugly: Mullahs trying to stifle their beauty and artistic expression.Recommend

  • Rajesh
    Jun 15, 2016 - 1:46PM

    Tabatabi-nejad is an oxford educated i suppose that’s the reason why such a high class of thinking.Recommend

  • Raw is War
    Jun 15, 2016 - 2:10PM

    the rivers in Europe never dries up.Recommend

  • Habibullah
    Jun 15, 2016 - 2:45PM

    Oh No !!
    Thanks to Allah, we know the reasons for water shortage !!!Recommend

  • Arsha
    Jun 15, 2016 - 4:31PM

    Hmm…lot of flooding happening in KSARecommend

  • Sodomite
    Jun 16, 2016 - 1:21AM

    Now we know why all Muslim countries have water scarcity. Recommend

  • Ajeet
    Jun 16, 2016 - 1:29AM

    There are high number of craziness among followers of one religion and a few of them make laws in some countries, which is scaryRecommend

  • Jun 16, 2016 - 1:32AM

    Hahahah! Mullahs drink too much water thats why all the rivers are drying! Wow a great scientist should be given Noble prizeRecommend

  • Bharat
    Jun 16, 2016 - 2:00AM

    Not much different from ultra religionists anywhere in the world.
    They all think that they are experts in everything. And all their facts and logic come from their holy booksRecommend

  • Jeenay do
    Jun 16, 2016 - 2:14AM

    Is he thinking from his kidneys?Recommend

  • Dervaish Khan
    Jun 16, 2016 - 3:31AM

    Immorality and indecency prevailing in a society brings Allah’s wrath on it of which drying up of rivers is one sign. This cleric is doing good.Recommend

  • Najeebullah
    Jun 16, 2016 - 5:47AM

    Rivers are dried where these people are still in power. Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Jun 16, 2016 - 7:01AM

    @Haji Atiya: Some one should tell this intellectually challenged mulla that no river in the US or any other western country has dried by the dresses their women wear. Muslims should rid themeselves of such religious leaders.Recommend

  • Mujtaba Gujjar
    Jun 16, 2016 - 8:56AM

    Oh my GOD, may ALLAH guide these religious clerics. Dressing is a basic right of any human. I myself once said to my wife that wear whatever you feel comfortable. I have no objections on it. No muslim lady wants to wear shorts in public, thats for sure!Recommend

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