Ahmadinejad in flap over wearing of ties in Iran
14-Jul-2010 (one comment)

Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has run into trouble with a conservative cleric over whether men are allowed to wear ties in the Islamic republic, the news agency ISNA reported on Tuesday.

"I say to him that many religious dignitaries believe ties should not be worn," said Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, who is normally a close ally of the president, a fellow hardliner.

"The supreme guide (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) himself has said in a fatwa (religious edict) that the wearing of ties or bowties is not permitted," Khatami said.

In the latest such controversy, Ahmadinejad has gone on record as saying that no religious leader has banned the tie, which since the 1979 Islamic revolution has been regarded as a symbol of Western culture.

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Boxers or briefs

by Monda on

what their next fatwa be on?!