The controversy that the “imam” of cardboard created
Cardboard imam refers to the set of cardboard replicas made of Seyyed Ruhollah Khomeini, which were first used in the Fajr decade of 1390 and in the ceremony commemorating his return. On February 12, 1390, the Republic Air Force recreated the moment of Ruhollah Khomeini’s arrival from Paris to Mehrabad Airport. During that ceremony, a cardboard replica of Khomeini was taken off the plane at Mehrabad Airport and several other cities, and the ceremonial guard at the airport performed the ceremony and paid tribute to it. In Mehrabad, two soldiers with white gloves carried the cardboard replica down the stairs of the plane, and 40 other soldiers paid their respects while holding a rose in their hands.