In my last blog, titled “Shi'a in the Nude,” I must have failed miserably since my statements conveyed nothing but “all Shi'a men are rapists” to the vast majority of the believers who happened to read the blog. Although there were a few compliments and words of encouragement from some posters, overall I was accused of hatemongering and spreading fairytales. Even my womanhood came into question!
Since I don’t succumb to failure kindly, may I attempt again for the last time?
First, let’s see what we can agree upon: IRI is a Shi'a state governed by Shi'a authorities, Ulama, and jurisprudence. We like it or not, the Supreme Leader together with the Guardianship of the Islamic Jurists is dishing out Shi'a justice to all Iranians. (Do we agree on these points?)
If we do, then Shi'a religion and anyone who defends it is directly or indirectly responsible for the horrors of mullahs’ dark ages.
If we don’t, I have to speculate that the only argument you or anyone else might have is this: “This is not my Shi'a.” Of course, this is a fair reply, and on the surface it might sound very logical and promising. Having heard that statement multiple times, I am responsible for finding out what your Shi'a is, what distinguishes it from IRI’s Shi'a, and who is defining your Shi'a. (So far so good, I hope.)
In this journey, it is inevitable that I start looking at my own life and that of my family. Drawing on these experiences, with the current state of affairs in Iran, the prospects of concluding that there is another Shi'a is very slim. Nevertheless, I still need to read the Quran, study the Hadith, and also tap into the writings of other Muslim scholars.
In a nutshell, I have found the Quran, the Hadith, and the writings of non-IRI Muslim scholars illogical. The holy book Quran itself, similar to other holy books, is an ocean of contradictions. It is kind and merciless; it advocates war and peace; it soothes and threatens… But more importantly, it is full of imagery that may be interpreted in many forms, opening the door to human mischief.
The Hadith is also disturbing to me because these narratives are collected overtime by fallible individuals with the explicit intention of serving a purpose. The works of other Muslim scholars are furthermore personal opinions of people with whom I can easily find flaws. (So let’s move on to the opposition groups.)
Khatami’s rhetoric is merely lip service to Muslim intellectuals who fear for the future of Shi'a in Iran. This opposition and its interpretation of Shi'a signify a power struggle between different factions of Islam. Not for one moment, I believe that he and his followers intend to end the bloodshed in Iran, free the political prisoners, and give the masses the choice to form a new government.
The mullah-less religion of Mojahedin-e Khalq is tainted by an ocean of mistakes: indiscriminate assassinations, violence and bloodshed, the abandonment of the rank and file, the arrogance of the leadership, the betrayal of Iran during our war with Iraq… The list goes on and on…
At the end, I am bound to conclude that what I see in IRI, what I have heard and seen in my own life and that of my family, what I read in Quran and Hadith, what I see in Khatami and Mojahedin-e Khalq is Shi'a in the nude…
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