The representative of Iran’s supreme leader in the Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) said it was necessary to induce wide changes in Iran’s neighbors to prepare the world for the return of Imam Mehdi, the twelfth imam in the twelver Shiite faith.
According to al-Arabiya, the cleric, Ayatollah Ali Sa’aeedi did not specify the nature of these changes but he named Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Lebanon as the countries where changes must be made.
Sa’aeedi added that obeying the orders of the supreme leader is in fact the way to carry out the orders of Imam Mehdi.
Sa’aeedi also sought to justify the oppressive practices of the IRGC saying that the IRGC and other armed forces are preserving the theocratic system to prepare “for the emergence of the Awaited Mehdi”
The cleric concluded his statement by saying “We have a lot of time to achieve this. Meanwhile we should teach the forces of good on how to identify the return of the Imam and remove the obstacles that stand in its way, including the United States and Israel”.