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Hojjatoleslam Kazem Seddiqi is an interim Friday Prayer Leader for Tehran, Iran. The Friday prayer leader gives the khutbah or sermon shortly after noon on Friday, the traditional time of gathering for the Muslim community. In Tehran the prayer leader gives the khutbah at the University of Tehran.

A rival of President Ahmadinejad, Seddiqi was appointed by Ayatollah Khamenei in August 2009. The New York Times characterized the appointment as part of an effort to "reinforce [Khamenei's] authority by cultivating divisions between factions" following the controversial June presidential election.[1]

Among the targets of criticism in Seddiqi's khutbahs have been "certain regional countries for `supporting` the leader of the Jundallah terrorist group, Abdolmalek Rigi",[2] the United States President Barack Obama for showing his “ugly face” by preparing a new slate of sanctions against Iran,[3] and women who wear immodest clothing and behave promiscuously, which Seddiqi claims causes earthquakes to occur.[4] In response to the latter statement, hundreds of thousands of women around the world, organized through social-networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, declared April 26, 2010, to be "Boobquake day", in which they all agreed to wear immodest clothing on the same day.[5]


  1. ^ Slackman, Michael (2009-08-27). "Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Softens Accusations Against Reformists in Iran". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-16. 
  2. ^ Iranian cleric condemns Rigi sponsors, 5 March 2010 by İslâmi Davet
  3. ^ Iranians not scared of Obama ‘threats’, says cleric, 21 November 2009 by İslâmi Davet
  4. ^ Iran: Fashion That Moves the Earth By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, April 19, 2010
  5. ^ Pat Pilcher (26 April 2010). "Islamic cleric causes Boobquake". The New Zealand Herald. 


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