By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL
temporary Friday prayer leader of Tehran, Kazem Seddighi,
said on Friday that "women who don't have a suitable appearance" (meaning
women who do not fully observe the obligatory Islamic hijab) attract young men
and lead to the spreading of adultery in the Iranian society which -- according
to the cleric -- increases the risk of earthquakes.
Hojatoleslam Seddighi, who was speaking about the probability of an earthquake in Tehran, said that sinning less reduces the likelihood of earthquakes.
"Even if there is an earthquake in Tehran, no one but God can deal with these calamities. We have to abstain from committing sin," said Seddighi.
The Iranian capital lies on a major seismological fault and some experts have warned that a strong earthquake in Tehran could lead to the death of many of its inhabitants.
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad said on April 11 that at least five million Tehran residents need to relocate elsewhere because the city is threatened by earthquakes.
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