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Iran: Rapper faces fatwa for ‘blasphemous’ song

May 18, 2012

The Iranian rapper, Shahin Najafi, is in fear for his life following the release of a song called Naqi.

The song title refers to the 10th Shia Imam, Ali Ibn Muhammad, also known as al-Naqi.

According to Shia tradition the Imam is the infallible spiritual leader of the Muslim community, directly descended from the Prophet Muhammad through his daughter Fatima and son-in-law Ali.

Najafi’s reference to 10th Imam in a satirical song has sparked an outcry among religious conservatives in Iran, a predominantly Shia state.

PRI’s The World

Because when you’re up in Heaven with your ninety-nine concubines, nothing pisses you off more than hearing some dude down here mixin’ it up with your good name.

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