Potkin Azarmehr

Hungarian Delegation Meets Ayatollah ‘Haram,’ the Holocaust Denier!

Screen Shot 2017-04-05 at 17.49.27Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister, Zsolt Sejmen arrived in Tehran on Sunday, heading a high-ranking trade delegation to boost bilateral trade relations between the two countries.

A trade delegation meeting with their official counterparts and other government officials, even meeting with Iran’s Supreme Leader would be normal for such delegations and not raise any questions, but the Hungarian trade delegation also met with Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi in Qom.

The 91-year-old Grand Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi does not have an official position in the government but he is well known in Iran for his numerous fatwas. Most of his fatwas are about banning things and declaring them as ‘haram’, so much so that he has earned himself the nickname of Ayatollah Haram.

Amongst the amusing fatwas issued by Ayatollah ‘haram’ was his ban on mobile video calling and fast internet. He is also for gender segregation at universities and vehemently opposes women becoming ministers.

Even more alarming views of Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi is his denial of the Holocaust, which he regards as the “biggest superstition of our times”. Further to all this, he has also issued a fatwa against the Iranian rap singer in Germany, Shahin Najafi, declaring him as an apostate and therefore permissible for the faithful to kill him.

Iranian news site Jamnews, reported the meeting between the Hungarian delegation headed by the Deputy PM, Zsolt Sejmen, who was pictured talking to the Ayatollah wearing a suit jacket with a shirt and tie and a pair of excruciatingly looking tight pair of faded jeans which made his bulging stomach look more prominent.

During the meeting, Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi asked Sejmen if what he saw in Iran was the same as what is portrayed in the media?

Sejmen, doing his best to warm up to the Ayatollah, replied “We believe in what we see with our own eyes and not what we see on CNN”. Zsolt Sejmen then went on to emphasise the growing trade between Iran and Hungary, expressing his delight at the many trade deals signed between the two countries including a nuclear one during this trip.

Sejmen then tried to appeal to the Ayatollah’s religious sensitivities and said “The present Hungarian government is a Christian one and our constitution begins in the name of God, we are keen on dialogue with other religions in particular those who have a holy book”.

He then criticised the West and the EU by saying “Today in the West we see a decline in our moral values and the EU attacks us because we believe marriage must take place between man and woman and insist that God is not excluded from politics and the society”

At the end, Sejmen tried to flatter the holocaust denying Ayatollah by praising him for promoting religious freedom and dialogue and invited him to Hungary to hold a conference on faith and religion.

Strangely enough, Brent Council in London, had also once awarded a grant from UK tax payers’ money to Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi’s representative office in Harrow Road for “promoting religious freedom and tolerance”!.

The insanity and gullibility of the present-day officials and leaders in the West aside, the important question is why would a Hungarian trade delegation travel all the way to Qom to meet a 91-year-old Grand Ayatollah with no official government position? Although Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi is also rumoured to control the monopoly on many imports to Iran and run a huge business empire, as many of his other turbaned cohorts do which is strangling and stifling Iran’s economy. So it is safe to assume that the meeting between Ayatollah “Haram” and the Hungarian trade delegation had nothing to do with Godly pursuits but with Forints and Rials.

About the Author
Potkin Azarmehr left Iran after the so-called “Cultural Revolution” shortly after the Islamists took over. In 2005, unhappy about the unrealistic Western media reports on Iran, he started his own blog in English to cover the Iranian news which doesn't make it to the Western mass media. In February 2009, he won the "International Council for Press and Broadcasting Media Award" in the 'Cutting Edge New Media category.' Over the years, his blog became very influential and a reference source on the pro-democracy secular struggle in Iran. In 2010, during the peak of the post-election protests in Iran, the number of unique visitors accessing his blog went past 90,000 a year. He is currently a contributor to several newspapers and Television stations on Iran related news and also writes and produces a number of TV programs.