8 questions with ‘Twelfth Imam’ author Joel Rosenberg

Joel Rosenberg is the author of the new novel, “The Twelfth Imam.”

The New York Times best selling author of the political thrillers is also a communications strategists who has formerly worked with such figures as Rush Limbaugh and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Rosenberg recently agreed to answer 10 questions about his new novel and other topics of interest from The Daily Caller:

1.  Why did you decide to write the book?

We are living on the brink of the apocalypse, but the world is asleep. Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said in July that he actually met with the Shia Islamic messiah, known as the Twelfth Imam. Few know that happened. Fewer still know what that means. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says his government’s mission is to hasten the appearance of the Twelfth Imam on earth. What’s so dangerous is that in the Shia Islamic eschatology – or End Times theology – of these two men, they believe that their God-given mission in life is to destroy Judeo-Christian civilization as we know it, in order to accelerate the arrival of their so-called messiah to earth. Given their feverish efforts to build nuclear weapons, this is very dangerous stuff. The problem is that most world leaders aren’t paying attention to the eschatology driving Iranian foreign policy. Most Americans aren’t aware of it either. We have a Farsi-speaking Hitler rising, and the world is doing nothing decisive to stop him.

Now, I’m a failed political consultant. But sometimes fiction has a way of capturing people’s imagination in a way that non-fiction doesn’t. Conservatives typically haven’t written much fiction – specifically political thrillers – over the years to educate, inspire and mobilize people on issues of great import, but we ought to. I want to take people on a spellbinding journey inside one of the darkest regimes in the world, the Iranian regime. I want to take people “inside the room,” as it were, as Iranian leaders plot their nuclear weapons strategy and plot the annihilation of Israel, which they call the “little Satan,” and the United States, which they call the “Great Satan.” Perhaps this novel, “The Twelfth Imam,” can play a small role in waking up a nation, a world, asleep at the switch.

2. Explain who the Twelfth Imam, or the Mahdi, is for those who may not know.

The Twelfth Imam was a real, flesh-and-blood person who lived during the ninth century AD. Like the eleven Shia religious leaders who went before him, he was an Arab male who, as a direct descendent of the founder of Islam, was thought to have been divinely chosen to be the spiritual guide and ultimate human authority of the Muslim people. His name was Muhammad Ibn Hasan Ibn Ali. It is generally believed by Shias that he was born in Samarra, Iraq, in AD 868, though few details of his brief life are certain or free from controversy.

Sunnis, for example, believe he was born later. Before he could reach an age of maturity, when he could teach and counsel the Muslim world as was believed to be his destiny, Ali vanished from human society. Some say he was four years old, while others say five and some say six. Some believe he fell into a well in Samarra but his body was never recovered. Others believe the Mahdi’s mother placed him in the well to prevent the evil rulers of the time from finding him, capturing him, and killing him — and that little Ali subsequently became supernaturally invisible. This is where the term “Hidden Imam” is derived, as Shias believe that Ali is not dead but has simply been hidden from the sight of mankind — Shias refer to this as “occultation” — until the End of Days, when Allah will reveal him once again.

  • truebearing

    This is at the core of the biggest threat to world peace, period. It is great that someone has finally taken on the risk to shine light on a religious sect that is the most radical in the history of human beings. Even other Muslims are afraid of these psychos.

    Thank you Joel for writing this book. Raising awareness of the nature of the Twelvers is essential, or our foreign policy and our defense is going to get caught flat footed, and will leave us unprepared, and needless to say, exceedingly vulnerable.

    For people who aren’t familiar with the Twelvers, they are similar to the Vikings, who believed that dying in battle was a way to get to their equivalent of heaven, Valhalla. The difference is that the Twelvers believe they have to bathe the entire world in blood to bring about the return of the Mahdi, or Twelth Imam.

    People who think the Ayatollahs and Ahmadinejad are just posturing are fools and don’t understand this anthrocidal cult.

    • pink

      I always knew you weren’t able to distinguish fiction from reality.

      • tdpwells

        What did they say that is not true?

        It doesn’t matter whether you believe the story behind the Mahdi to be true or not, the point is that other people do, and for the portion of them that are quite keen on hastening the return of their hidden Imam, you’d damn well better be concerned. It doesn’t matter if you believe it or not, they do.

        If you are questioning whether or not there are Muslims out there who believe along the lines of the Twelvers, you’d be sorely mistaken. I have first hand knowledge that they do from a Muslim friend. The first time I had ever heard about them was from her.

        • PolyIndependent

          Where does it say it’s fiction? How about at the beginning of the interview:

          “Now, I’m a failed political consultant. But sometimes fiction has a way of capturing people’s imagination in a way that non-fiction doesn’t”

          • tdpwells

            So if someone makes up a story about an event involving Eskimos in Alaska that never happened, that means Eskimos don’t exist?

            My ‘they’ in the first line of my response to Pink was in reference to truebearing, not Rosenberg.

          • truebearing


            Not content to let pink make an ass of herself without you following suit?

            Fiction, as a literary genre, is not synonymous with untruth. I guess literature is a little too complicated a topic for you.

          • pink

            I know black is white and white is black and the crazier the theory the better in your world (especially if it includes crazed Muslims, landscapers, or Druids). But in the real world, fiction is not synonymous with fact.

          • truebearing

            And no one said it is, my dim little friend. I see you’re staying with stupid. Clearly you are more comfortable with stupidity.

      • tjd0hwo

        Instead of bomb throwing you may want to educate yourself. My suggestion is begin with reading “The Closing of the Muslim Mind by Robert Reilly”.

        It is a scholarly work – you should have no problem with the read.

      • truebearing

        LOL!!! pink, you’ve out done yourself, again! And here I thought you couldn’t get any dumber. You sure showed me.

        Let me explain something to you, and I’ll go real ssllllooooowwwww. Fiction, as a literary genre, is not equivalent to lying, nor does it mean that the subjects addressed are all somehow unreal. Fiction can be historically accurate, but seen through the eyes of characters that are fictitious, and dialogue that was created, not reported. Get it so far? I’ll wait………

        tdpwells did a great job of explaining that this is an issue of what Iran’s leadership believes, not what I believe. Their belief in the Twelth Imam is real and it is extremely dangerous. Read his comment several thousand times and maybe the sheer repitition will overcome your native stupidity and unwillingness to accept reality.

        Just because you are allergic to truth and pee your panties when it intrudes on your denial filled world is no reason to attack me. I didn’t start the evil cult. Grow up and face the truth.

        BTW, the last line in my comment was anticipatory of fools such as yourself and Polyester. Consider it personal recognition of your body of work.

    • JoeJ

      Oh no – it’s the Twelvers – why don’t all just slit our throats and get it over!

      Sorry – but isn’t this just more Zionist propaganda?

      After nine years of fruitless war – maybe we should just be Americans, come home and protect our actual boarders.

      • truebearing

        “Oh no – it’s the Twelvers – why don’t all just slit our throats and get it over!”

        Good plan! I’ll meet you in the usual spot. If I’m not there in five minutes, start without me!

        • JoeJ

          You so easily demonstrate the truism that death forever swirls around the Zionist mindset.

          • truebearing

            Hey, Idiot! it’s the deranged Muslims who believe in the Twelth Imam, and the need to start a blood bath to trigger his return, not Israelis or American Jews.

            I bet you think you’re pretty clever choosing the name “Joe” to hide the fact that you’re a bigoted fool of a Muslim. Clever as a screen door in a submarine.

          • truebearing

            “Hey Joe, where you goin’ with that gun in yo hand”? A little Jimi Hendrix humor for you…

            Seriously though, I figured out what the J stands for. It’s JIHAD! You’re Joey Jihad! Now I see the connection to your deranged anti-Israel rantings. You’re so clever! You sure fooled me, like a pig in a wig.

          • thephranc

            Thats right stormfront joe! You tell ’em!

        • JoeJ

          You’re Joey Jihad!

          You are grasping at straws – I am no more Muslim then you are – unlike you, I am 100% true blue American.

          I want to extricate America from our Middle East follies – follies that are not in our interest – follies that only bring us bitter fruit.

          Bring our troops home – they are hurting – nine years of war is to much – give them a worthy task that helps America – let them protect our real borders.

      • thephranc

        You tell ’em stormfront joe!

  • mark85

    Not a bad book but a better one is A Revolution by Dave Leonard. It’s a great read, I couldn’t put it down and I felt good about our country again…at least until I put the book down and had to face reality again.

  • monkeybird

    I’ve read Joel Rosenberg’s previous books, and he writes a great thriller. I can’t wait to read this one. I’ve often wondered about the details of the so called 12th Iman.

    His plot is obviously entirely possible in our dangerous world. People need to pay attention.