Monday, December 20, 2010
Religious Tax on Subsidy Cash
'Khums', literally meaning one fifth, is a religious tax demanded by the Grand Ayatollahs or Sources of Emulation from the Shiite faithful. Every Shiite faithful is duty bound to pay one fifth of his income to his chosen Source of Emulation.
On Saturday, Ahmadinejad finally announced the removal of subsidies which have been keeping the prices artificially low in Iran's economy. To ease the pain of this move, each Iranian will receive a cash pittance amount in their bank accounts. In his televised announcement, Ahmadinejad, true to his messianic nature, referred to this cash as the Hidden Imam's money. A zero interest loan endowed to the people of Iran by the Lord of All Ages, Imam Mehdi, who will return and rid the earth from corruption and injustice. How far this cash will go and whether this cash injection into the economy will cause inflation or hyperinflation is not what I want to talk about however.
What I want to talk about is what I read on this Iranian news website:
The cash subsidy is nevertheless an income and so it has brought up the question to the Shiite faithful, will they have to pay 'Khoms' on this cash subsidy?! Will they go to hell if they don't?
Four leading Grand Ayatollahs are asked this important question. Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, a holocaust denier who has offices in Harrow Road, London, has decreed 'Not immediately, but once it has been withdrawn, it will be regarded as income'. In other words Yes.
Ayatollah Moussavi Ardebili, has decreed 'If this money is spent to pay for one's expenditure and some is left over, the Khoms must the be paid'. Another clear Yes.
Ayatollah Javad Amoli, has decreed a similar edict, 'If it is spent then Yes'. What else does anyone imagine will be done with this money but spend?
Ayatollah Hussein Nouri Hamedani, has decreed, 'the hypothetical question has no Khoms'. I have to admit, I did not understand this one.
I am totally bemused after all this. Does this now mean the Grand Ayatollahs are taxing Imam Mehdi's money or was Ahmadinejad just kidding??