The Iranian cult

Iran is really governed by Ayatollah Khamenei, head of the Twelvers cult


The Iranian government threatening to wipe Israel off the map with a nuclear bomb is not governed by President Hassan Rouhani, the recent visitor to New York City. It is governed by the Ayatollah Khamenei, who is the head of the Twelvers, a cult.

In an exclusive interview with my long-time friend Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, I asked about this cult. He explained:

It’s a cult that guides Iran and it’s a particular brand of Shi’ism. It has a mystical leader, the Mahdi, who disappeared about 1,000 years ago. The followers believe the Mahdi will return in a great apocalyptic war that will claim the lives of millions. It almost mandates this kind of conflagration. The goal is to inspire 300 million Shi’a to join them in a religious war—first against us [Israel], then against you [the United States.] They don’t hate you because of us; they hate us because of you. They say we are the “small Satan,” and you are the “big Satan.”

I posed the same question to Israel’s minister of defense, another dear friend, Maj. Gen. (res) Moshe Ya’alon. He responded:

Western, like-minded people should understand the Iranian ideology to impose a new caliphate all over the world. They call it the “Nation of Islam.” They believe they can defeat Israel and the West. The Iranian strategy is to dominate the Gulf. It’s a combination of religious ideology and political strategy. Their strategic goal is to defeat the Western culture, Western values, and to impose the new caliphate and a new nation of Islam on the world.

This cult in Iran, the Twelvers, is the largest branch in Shi’a Islam. This cult name is derived from twelve supposedly divinely ordained leaders known as the twelve imams. All believe that the Mahdi, the twelfth imam, will return. Iran boasts the largest number of followers, but there are large groups in Iraq, Bahrain, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and even in Europe and the United States.

When I arranged the Fox News Network interview in New York with former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, I discussed this subject with his spiritual adviser, who accompanied him. He related to me that Ahmadinejad travels to a well in Jamkaran and talks to the Mahdi. He assured me that the Mahdi would come soon, and would be the Islamic messiah. The mullah said that, when Ahmadinejad spoke at the UN, the power of the Mahdi came upon him and a green light filled the UN hall. He said no one blinked for twenty-eight minutes. He assured me that he was not exaggerating, that it actually happened.


Dr. Michael Evans is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His latest novel, The Locket, based on the pursuit, arrest, trial, and execution of Adolf Eichmann, debuted at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in June. His latest non-fiction book, Persia: The Final Jihad is available at