The current intense circumstances in the Middle East between the Palestinians and Israel provokes the mind of an Iranian-American individual in a way that the number one priority should be how to liberate Iran from the shackles of the terrorist Islamic Republic--especially since Iran has become another Palestine, occupied by Mullah’s Islamic Republic for the past 35 years.
The Israeli-Palestinian issues are complex and one might not have enough knowledge on how to resolve this problem or the resources/time to allocate. Rather, Iranian-Americans should focus their efforts, resources and energies to their own problems because they more than their own share of problems in Iran to work on.
Although an Iranian-American respects the human rights issue, one cannot be selective or tunnel visioned by the crises in the Middle East. Considering the rights of Palestinians, condemnation of the human rights abuses should also include the terrorist Islamic Republic in Iran, Putin bombarding Chechens in Russia, the Chinese government killing Tibetans, etc. Therefore, recognition of human right abuses should be fair and consistent throughout the world. Note that if it is one sided, then it would be considered hypocrisy.
For example, for several years Basher Assad of Syria has been murdering his own people by the hundreds of thousands and there has been no condemnation and protestation by the Islamic communities in America. All of a sudden, one can see this anger directed towards Israel which raises this question: “Is this some kind of double standard?!”
In the mind of an Iranian-American focusing on human rights, Cyrus the Great comes to mind; the man who introduced the first decleration of human rights in the world. Looking at the Bible, one might find out that Cyrus the Great, the founding father of Iranian civilization, has been glorified in the Bible by Jews at least 23 times. And the Jews have been living in Iran long before the Moslems invaded the Persian Empire and imposed their Bedouin tribal religion on the citizens of the City-State based Persian civilization. So, as an Iranian, one might think to ask why Iranians consider the Jews to be their enemy and the Moslem Arabs to be their friend? This is an amazing paradox that I find mind-boggling.
The Israeli population is about 8 million, of which only about 6 million are Jewish; a total that is less than half the population of the city of Tehran. The population of Iran is about 80 million. One might think how could a mere 6 million Jews be considered a threat to Iran? The size of Iranian land is 80 times larger than that of the Israel and Iran has vast natural resources where as Israel lacks these resources. So again, how is it possible that such a small country can be a threat to Iran? The terrorist Islamic Republic has demonized Israel for the past 35 years that it has no basis in the real world.
Furthermore, the entire population of Jews worldwide is about 13 million versus the population of Moslems which is about 1.6 billion--meaning that for every one Jew there are about 123 Moslems. Jews are significantly outnumbered by Moslems. How could such a minuscule number of Jews be considered a major threat to such a huge number of Moslems who have such an enormous amount of natural resources throughout the world?
One might think that the roots of these conflicts are for the most part based in jealousy. There is a relatively large number of Israeli companies listed in the NASDAQ Stock Market, yet not a single company is registered from any of the Islamic countries in the Middle East. Despite the lack of natural resources in Israel, within the past 65 years, Israelis have been using their brain power and have been able to build some great companies in many advanced industries and technological fields. This leaves one to wonder if Moslems are simply jealous of such brain power generated by the Jews!
With a deep understanding of the current situation of Islamic world and the above facts and figures, one might realize that as the Islamic world gradually modernizes their lifestyle and moves toward upgrading their standard of living, similar to what happened to the European Christians during dark ages by the protestant movement, only then would it prosper and thrive throughout the world (and eventually many of the current problems would go away automatically).
As indicated, the Reformation of Martin Luther of Germany starting on 1517 paved the road for modernity, prosperity and advancement in Europe. The question is, how could we have Reformation in Islam? In order to answer this question, we need to do a comparative analysis between the original teachings of Mohamed and Jesus Christ. The original teachings of Jesus Christ revolve around “Love”. Where as the original teachings of Mohammad can be divided into 2 distinct eras:
- Islam in Mecca (About 13 years)
Relatively speaking in this period of Mohammad’s life the original teachings of Mohammad is somewhat similar to the original teachings of Jesus Christ. The message is peaceful and spiritual,
- Islam in Medina (About 10 years):
Mohammad’s message drastically changes and it adds the following two key ingredients into this religion. This becomes a paradigm shift to Islam.
- Violence (Jihad)
In Medina Islam goes through a metamorphosis process and becomes an expansionist religion and this changes everything.
The Islam in Gaza led by Hamas, the Shea Islam in Iran led by Islamic Republic, Lebanese Hezbollah, the ISIS in Iraq, Taliban in Afghanistan, Al Qaida, Islamic Jihad, the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood and many other similar groups subscribe to this version of Islam in Medina.
As a result it would be almost impossible to have the Islamic version of Reformation. Christianity unlike Islam did not become politicized or violent during Jesus Christ’s life time.
So, if Reformation in Islam is impossible then who are the Baha’is? Isn’t Baha’i faith a Reformation in Shea Islam? It is true that Baha’i faith is a Reformation in Shea Islam led by Siyyid `Alí Muḥammad Shírází on May 23, 1844 which is very much similar to the Reformation in Christianity led by Martin Luther that created Protestant movement. However the Shea Clergy declared a Fatwa (a religious decree) to kill all the members of this movement. Shea Clergy (Mullah) committed genocide and murdered more than 20,000 people of this movement. It was an unprecedented genocide in Iran as they basically crushed this progressive and advanced religious movement.
Now the question is what is Shea Islam? This religion which is a small minority in Islam was created and developed by Iranians. Shea Islam is mainly a bastardized version of the real Islam. Since the socio-psychology of Iranians is very different than the socio-psychology of the Arabs, the Iranians tried to tailor Islam to fit their semi Iranian and semi Islamic life style. It is a hybrid or a mixed breed version of Islam. This religion primarily was promoted and expanded during the Safavid Dynasty during the 1500s. In the early 16th century while the Christianity was faced with a major Civil War in Europe (Catholicism verses the Protestant movement) and the Ottoman Empire was considered a major threat to Christianity in Europe, the Catholicism leadership helped, encouraged and supported the Safavid Dynasty to create a Shea based government in Persia.
The split in Islam would cause a major diversion and a source of distraction for the powerful Ottoman Empire and weaken the Ottomans. This is how the Europeans thought they can most effectively divide the Islamic world and conquer them. That is why we can see some similarities between Christianity and Shea Islam. For example both these two religions are Messianic faiths, meaning that they both believe there is a Messiah (a religious savior) who will return to save the mankind from evil. In the case of Christianity this savior is Jesus Christ and in the case of Shea Islam this savior is called Imam Mehdi.
The following analogy might be an appropriate remedy to the Medina (Jihadist and political) version of Islam. We can use Thomas Jefferson’s Bible as a guide to introduce a similar Quran to Moslems. Meaning that we should eliminate all the Quranic verses which are political or violent in nature and cleanse Quran from these two key elements of Politics and Violence. Then we could have a peaceful Islam. Otherwise we will continue to have continuous violence, intolerance and hate through out the entire Islamic world.