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November 22, 2013 10:51 am

‘Father of Suicide Bombing’ Reportedly Injured in Iran Suicide Bomb

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A double suicide bombing at Iran's Beirut Embassy killed at least 23 people on November 19, 2013. Photo: Screenshot / Al-Manar TV.

A double suicide bombing at Iran's Beirut Embassy killed at least 23 people on November 19, 2013. Photo: Screenshot / Al-Manar TV.

In a he-had-it-coming-to-him-moment, the self-proclaimed father of suicide bombing appears to have been injured on Tuesday in Beirut, where the Iranian embassy was targeted by an Al-Qaeda faction, The Times of London reported. 23 people were killed in the attack, including an Iranian diplomat, and 140 were injured.

The Times said 67-year-old cleric Issa Tabatabai is a close ally of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and a key go-between for Iran and its Lebanese proxy militia, Hezbollah. It cited website Ayandeh as reporting that the cleric’s wife and daughter were also wounded, and that all three were in hospital in Beirut.

Tabatabai has championed suicide bombing, or “martyrdom operations,” and bragged that he helped to cement the notion. He was involved in several lethal attacks during Lebanon’s civil war, including the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Embassy that killed 63 people and marked the beginning of Islamist attacks on American targets, The Times said.

The Times said that Tabatabai claimed to have secured a fatwa from Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran’s first Supreme Leader, that permitted suicide attacks against a religious enemy. Suicide is haram (sinful) under Islamic law.

In a 2010 interview, Tabatabai said he had urged the Supreme Leader to bend the rules after Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982, The Times reported:

“A Lebanese Shia cleric issued a fatwa saying, ‘Under the present conditions, fighting Israel is like committing suicide and suicide is haram in Islam.’ I quickly hurried back to Tehran to see Imam Khomeini and told him about the fatwa,” Tabatabai said. To fight back against the Israelis, the cleric asked Khomeini if suicide bombing could be justified under Islamic law. “Imam Khomeini said, ‘No, this is not suicide, this is martyrdom, this is jihad [holy war], this is definitely permissible.’ This is how I got the fatwa on suicide bombings from the imam and how everything changed in Lebanon ever since,” Tabatabai said.

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  • Lunatics and fools, but very dangerous to all the rest of us!!!!!!

  • P gaetti

    Only injured ! What a pity . Death would be better

  • Eric R.

    While I am sorry this Islamonazi was not blown to bits, he could not be the father of suicide bombing, which did not even start with Islam, but rather with Tamil (Hindu) extremists in Sri Lanka during that country’s civil war.

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  • art frank

    Lunatic people and lunatic “religion”.

  • Gln Sphr

    Are there veteran kamikaze; Tabatabai must not believe in his work?

    • jb willikers

      That work is for the little people not for the grand thinkers. It is a shame he didn’t implement his idea when he first thought of it.

      • Mark_

        Yes. He could have blown himself up right at the moment he thought of it or better yet that very night in a forest away from any people. It would have saved many lives , so much pain, heart break and suffering.