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Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad says that when he delivered his speech at the UN General Assembly in September, he felt there was a light around him and that the attention of the world leaders in the audience was unblinkingly focused upon him. The claim has caused a stir in Iran, as a transcript and video recording of Ahmadinejad’s comments have been published on an Iranian website, baztab.com. There are also reports that a CD showing Ahmadinejad making the comments also has been widely distributed in Iran. Is the Iranian president claiming to be divinely inspired?
According the report by baztab.com, President Ahmadinejad made the comments in a meeting with one of Iran’s leading clerics, Ayatollah Javadi Amoli.
Ahmadinejad said that someone present at the UN told him that a light surrounded him while he was delivering his speech to the General Assembly. The Iranian president added that he also sensed it.
«He said when you began with the words ‘in the name of God,’ I saw that you became surrounded by a light until the end [of the speech],» Ahmadinejad appears to say in the video. «I felt it myself, too. I felt that all of a sudden the atmosphere changed there, and for 27-28 minutes all the leaders did not blink.»
Ahmadinejad adds that he is not exaggerating.
«I am not exaggerating when I say they did not blink; it’s not an exaggeration, because I was looking,» he says. «They were astonished as if a hand held them there and made them sit. It had opened their eyes and ears for the message of the Islamic Republic.»