Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Iran: Mullahs don't like new mosque, claim its a Zionist plot.

(Tehran) A newly built avant-garde mosque in the heart of Iran’s capital  hasn’t gone down well with the mad mullahs who would be screaming ‘Infamy, infamy, they’ve all got it in for me, if there were any minarets to said mosque.

The architects behind the Vali-e-Asr mosque dispensed with the traditional rounded domes and towering minarets, opting instead for a modern design of undulating waves of grey stone and concrete, which they say complements the surrounding architecture and evokes the austerity of early Islam.

The mosque has infuriated hardliners, who see it as part of a creeping secular onslaught on the Islamic republic. An editorial posted on the Mashregh news website compared the curvature to that of a Jewish yarmulke, more conservative voices have criticized the mosque's design for the fact that it differs from traditional mosques around the world. In their opinion, the design is the result of "secular and Jewish influence." Mashregh, a local news site, claimed the new mosque looks like a kippah (skullcap or beanie), and that the architects must stand trial for "treason" and aiding the "Zionist plot."