Iranian Rapper's Latest Song Earns Him a Death Sentence
Ayatollah calls for Fatwa. Online campaign calls Shiites and Muslims to find the rapper and "send him to hell."
A senior Iranian cleric has issued a Fatwa on a Germany-based Iranian rapper for insulting Islam, the Fars news agency reported Wednesday.
Persian-language Al Arabiya reported, that the latest single from Shahin Najafi, "Naqi," has earned him a death sentence from Ayatollah Safi Golpayegani, a Shiite cleric in the Iranian city of Qom.
The song has drawn sharp anger from protesters who believe it is offensive towards Imam Naqi, the revered tenth Imam for Shiites.
Al-Arabiya reported that a pro-regime website has launched an online campaign calling to hang Najafi and proclaim him a heretic. The campaign calls all Shiites and Muslims in general to find the rapper and "send him to hell."
Najafi, 31, was forced to move to Germany when his politically-motivated lyrics for an underground band he was associated in Iran, earned him a ban.
His songs mostly deal with issues such as theocracy, poverty, sexism, censorship, child labor, execution and drug addiction. He strives to use poetic, literary, philosophical and political elements in his music.
Below is the controversial song. Naqi:
This article is reprinted with permission from Ynet.