Ahmadinejad told reporters that former Venezuelan leader and pal Hugo Chavez would be resurrected with Jesus Christ.
The offensive comment even ticked off the Iranian media.
The Guardian reported:
Iranian president’s tribute to late Venezuelan president criticised by some of his country’s influential clerics as against Shia Islam.
Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been criticised for saying that Hugo Chávez will be resurrected along with Jesus Christ in his tribute to the Venezuelan president who died on Tuesday.
Ahmad Khatami, an influential cleric in the country’s assembly of experts, said on Wednesday that Ahmadinejad went “too far” with his claim that Chávez would “return on resurrection day”.
“I say directly that he went too far with what he mentioned in his tribute,” said Khatami, who is a Tehran Friday prayer leader and a close ally of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “The president is well aware that such a tribute will provoke reactions in our religious institutes … He could have sent a diplomatic message with no religious connotations.”
On Wednesday, the Iranian cabinet declared a day of national mourning, and Ahmadinejad wrote a letter of condolence addressed to Venezuela’s interim president, Nicolás Maduro.