Iranian Rapper Shahin Najafi sings about an imam
German Iranian-born rapper Shahin Najafi (Shehin Najahi) has more than 200,000 fans in the Islamic Republic. He fled to Germany in 2005 after being sentenced to a hundred lashes and three years in jail.
He regularly uses the internet to criticize the corrupt Islamic Republic regime. This time, he has gone too far.
He’s reached out to Ali al Hadi al-Naqi, the 10th of the Twelver Imams, also known as Imam Naghi, murdered in 868 C.E. by poisoning on orders of the Abbasid Caliph, using scatological lyrics against the regime in Tehran.
Shiites venerate al-Naqi, a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad.
That earned him two death fatwas from Shiite clerics in the Islamic offering a bounty of more than $100,000 for Najafi’s killing.
That has sent him into hiding in Germany, while his protectors have called foul in the Federal Republic whose constitution allegedly protects free speech.
This has angered more than 100,000 ex-pat Iranians living in the Federal Republic.
—German Iranian Rapper Shehin Najahi Learns You Don’t Invoke the 10th Imam Against the Islamic Republic
* Iranian rapper in hiding, but defiant after call for his death
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- Iranian rapper faces death threats and fatwa for ‘blasphemous’ song (guardian.co.uk)
- Iranian Establishment Makes New Social Media Foray With Imam Site (rferl.org)
- Shanin Najafi, Iranian-Born Rapper, Faces Death Threats Over Song (nytimes.com)
- Iranian rapper faces song fatwa (smh.com.au)
- Iranian Rapper marked for death under the sharia for insulting Islam remains defiant (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- Iranian rapper earns $100,000 bounty on his head from irate Shi’ites (news.nationalpost.com)
- Shahin Najafi, Iranian Rapper, Receives $100K Bounty, ‘Fatwa,’ For Song Criticizing Iran (ibtimes.com)