The Singer “Shahin Najafi” and his girlfriend in Germany
The song has drawn sharp anger from protesters who believe it is offensive towards Imam. In an interview, Najafi stated that he was inspired by “The Campaign to Remind Shiites about Imam Naghi” to compose the song. The campaign is a Facebook page that pokes fun at, and specifically Shi’ite, hadiths, with members creating fake, funny hadiths and stories centered around a fictional character named Naghi, who is based on Imam Naghi. On 25 May 2012, Shiite cleric Ahmad Alamolhoda demanded a plan to execute Najafi. In June 2012, forty authors of the Rah-e Nikan religious publishing house promised to give royalties from their books to whoever killed Najafi.