Who is Sheikh Haron?

It seems the mysterious “Sheikh Haron”, who rose to prominence after sending letters to the family of a dead Australian soldier, is someone [pdf] called Ayatollah Manteghi Boroujerdi.

Sheikh Haron is Ayatollah Manteghi Boroujerdi. He was born in Boroujerd. He is the son of Muslim cleric Sheikh Mohammad Hossein Manteghi Boroujerdi who was the student of Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Hossein Boroujerdi (marja-e-Taqlid). The Grand Ayatollah who established cordial relation with Sheikh Mahmud Shaltut, the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar. These two Muslim clerics established the “House for Bringing Muslim Sects Nearer” in Cairo, Egypt for the unity of Muslims. Sheikh Mohammad Hossein Manteghi Boroujerdi first studied in Hawzah Elmiyyah in Boroujerd and then in Hawzah Elmiyyah in Qom and later in Hawzah Elmiyyah in Najaf (Iraq)……

The ABC’s Religion Report has an interview with him when he was apparently living in a tent on the steps of State Parliament in NSW:

People in Sydney walking past the State Parliament buildings on Macquarie Street in recent weeks might have noticed a tall Muslim cleric who has taken up residence in a tent on the footpath outside. He is Ayatollah Manteghi Boroujerdi, a liberal cleric who fled Iran four years ago after being very critical of the Iranian regime. Ayatollah Boroujerdi’s wife and two daughters are now under house arrest in Iran, and he’s hoping the Howard government will put pressure on the regime there to let his family join him here in Australia.


#1 Andrew Reynolds on 01.22.08 at 5:50 pm

Looks like /2007/12/.....048>abu Abdullah Isa was right.

#2 Andrew Reynolds on 01.22.08 at 5:51 pm

Oops, got the link wrong.

#3 Andrew Reynolds on 01.22.08 at 5:51 pm

I forgot to say – welcome back.

#4 Peter on 01.23.08 at 12:10 pm

Well at least I can say Austrolable is honest and brave enough to recant and correct the past articles and they reported that sheikh was a real person.
Yes I agree, Abu Abdullah Isa was right. We shouldn’t say things we may have to recant later on.

#5 TTT on 01.23.08 at 12:15 pm

Actually Sheikh Haron is not a real person. It’s a fake name used by some Ayatollah dude.

#6 Paul Francis Gadd on 01.25.08 at 11:46 pm

Why did he feel the need to call himself sheikh haron and spam the families of dead Australian soldiers?

#7 Peter on 01.26.08 at 9:02 pm

T T T if you formally change your name and get a legal change of name certificate, your new name is a fake name or is real?

#8 Paul Francis Gadd on 01.28.08 at 10:02 pm

I think Sheikh Haron just wants attention. Best to ignore him.

#9 antish on 01.28.08 at 10:09 pm

Is Ayatollah a coutesy title like Sheikh?

#10 UmmAli on 01.29.08 at 3:16 am

Ayatollah is a title earned by years of scholarship and a demonstration of moral character. Apparently, one which this man has not earned. See Here

#11 T cell on 01.30.08 at 7:18 pm


Abdullah Isa, was incorrect, this man is neither a Muslim nor a sheikh.

he is a crazy guy living in a tent.

I am not convinced that he is the author of Sheikh Haron, but if he is then the text of the site reflects the author’s psycho-pathologies.

I am also not sure that Abdullah Isa should spend their time defending someone like that who is causing fitnah for the Muslims.

The correct approach is to attack Haron’s imbecilic remarks, to attack his fraudulent religious opinions, and to ridicule his 3rd grade English. This is not just an indulgence, but rather it is a fard al Kifiyah

#12 Amir on 01.30.08 at 7:23 pm

T Call,

Sheikh Haron is yesterday’s news. Meet Terry the Mahdi (of Tasmania).

#13 AAA on 02.22.08 at 10:49 am

Hey T Cell
It seems This Sheikh not only has not given up but also is developing his website. The site which had 6 pages, now has 28 pages. His site is still under construction and no content for the pages but the name of some pages show that he is really getting ready for more attack against Kafir. What should we do?

#14 Simon on 02.23.08 at 4:51 pm

AAA, he’s an attention whore and he needs to be ignored. There is nothing on that site of any value to any human being.

#15 AAA on 03.26.08 at 9:46 am

Sheikh Haron has given a fatwa about Dr. Ameer Ali stating that Dr. Ali is an apostate because of his comment with Sky News 11 March 2008. So now what’s the obligation on Muslims? What will they do after this fatwa? How can a Muslim become apostate? Can anyone here explain about Murtad?

#16 G-man on 03.26.08 at 11:11 am

Isn’t Dr Ali lucky he’s not living under Wassim Doureihi’s beloved caliphate, where he’d be seriously concerned about losing his head.

#17 Peter on 02.12.09 at 1:31 pm

After Victoria’s bushfire, Sheikh Haron has claimed that it was a revengeful act for execution of Bali bombers as he had promised it would happen. Sheikh Haron has taken full responsibility in his letter 9th February to Kevin Rudd. In November last year CBS news according Sheikh Haron’s statement had warned that Australians would be punished. Do you guys think Australian bushfire was a terrorist attack?

#18 antish on 02.12.09 at 7:24 pm

No, but it wold be nice if the Sheikh was put in a position where he had to undergo a psychiatric assessment.

Actually, the Sheikh and Danny wotsisname have a lot in common (not just the lunatic statements about the fires but general fundamentalist nuttjobbery). They should be locked up together.

#19 Aussie on 05.25.09 at 7:21 pm

Sheik haron is gutless scum

#20 Brian Mills on 11.10.09 at 5:54 pm

This person is a disgrace to the Muslim world. Not only is he acting totally against the principles of the Koran, he is also acting contrary to Australia, and our society. He should be deported back to where he came from. Iran. I wonder did he behave this way towards Iranian soldiers killed in the war against Iraq?

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