Mojtaba Beheshti: Honey mixed with poison!
Mojtaba Beheshti was introduced to the Bay Area Shia community by the Khomeinist agent Nabi Raza Mir (a.k.a. Nabi Raza Abidi) of Shia Association of Bay Area (SABA Islamic Center). The latter mullah discovered Beheshti while they were both performing the pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in 2003.
Mullah Mojtaba Beheshti addressing the congregation at the Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Islamic Center) in Silicon Valley. Mojtaba Beheshti was imprisoned and subsequently deported from the United States due to his engagement in Green Card fraud.
Beheshti was able to enchant pretty much the entire Bay Area Shia community with his sermons, beautiful voice, and psychological games. A manipulative mullah, he would privately listen to the stories and complaints of various members of the community about each other and then dazzle unsuspecting followers with details about their private lives, giving them the implicit impression that his unexpected knowledge is the result of devine revelations.
With his advanced skills, Beheshti was able to gather large sums of cash donations for himself (and he never paid taxes). Yet, he bragged about being able to make more money than a dentist. Unfortunately, it turned out that he was a con: He obtained his Green Card using fraud. The U.S. Government caught up with him in 2007, jailed him for a brief period, and finally deported him back to where he came from: Qom, Iran!
Mullah Mojtaba Beheshti, left, with Syed Mudassir Ali Shah Moosvi at Azakhana-e-Zahra, PBUH, in Milpitas, California.
Mullah Mojtaba Beheshti, right, with Kays Hadi (a.k.a. Kays Hussein), the Chairman of the Iraqi Community Association at Azakhana-e-Zahra, PBUH, in Milpitas, California. Kays Hadi also served on both the Board of Advisors and Board of Trustess at Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Islamic Center).
Mullah Mojtaba Beheshti, right, leading the Maghrebain prayers at the Iraqi Community Association in Silicon Valley.
Mojtaba Beheshti resting during Ramadan at Saba Islamic Center in 2004.
Mullah Mojtaba Beheshti, left, and Sam Bazzi at the center of Shia Association of the Bay Area (Saba Islamic Center) in Silicon Valley.
Sam Bazzi is an American counterterrorism activist and a counter-ideology expert. He is the founder of the Islamic Counterterrorism Institute. Bazzi blogs at sambazzi.com and tweets at @sambazzi.
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