Her reason for hating mullahs
October 5, 2004
It was a Friday in early days of revolution. Ayatollah Taleghani
who was released from the prison, was supposed to give the
first Friday prayer speech at Tehran University. I was invited
to a friend's house for lunch. When I arrived there, I found
a big party. The guests were chatting, having cakes, fruits and
nuts, while listening to Persiann music. I started chit chatting
, and enjoying the party.
When the prayer started, I walked out to the deck where there was
a radio, to listen to Ayatollah Taleghani. Ten minutes later an
elderly lady of about seventy years old, came up the stairs to
the deck to attend the party. When she saw me there, she asked
what am I listening to. I told her that I am trying to listen to
Immediately she said, "I hope these mullahs will never come
to power, because if they do, they will make such a hell for this
nation unlike any other time in our history, worse than what Mongolians
did to us". I told her that she is being unfair, because I
suppose, like any other groups, there are good mullahs and bad
She cut my voice, and said: No, No, No, No, No. This is a group
that has no good person among them. They are all charlatans! including
her husband who was an educated and prominent mullah.
Then she turned around, and entered the room to join the party.
Later that day I told my friend about the old lady, and asked about
her and her husband.
She told me that, when the old lady was in her twenties, she was
engaged to a young handsome man. But her fiance died in a
car accident. Being an educated woman, she devoted her life
to charity work and social welfare activities, and later on she
adopted a little girl from orphanage.
At about forty years of age, a prominent mullah who had lost his
wife, and had two adult children, met her in a social gatherings.
Despite her unwillingness, he somehow convinced her to marry him.
She thinks he had Mohre-ye Maar!! After they got married,
he moved in with her, and a year later, she was expecting
While she was in the hospital to deliver her baby, her husband
slept with her adopted daughter who, at the time, was about seventeen
years old. She found out about it when her adopted daughter became
pregnant by him. She went through a difficult time, but accepted
the situation for the sake of her daughter, and the father of her
Several years later, her husband with his young wife and their
three children moved to a foreign country and left her alone. That
was her reason for being so bitter and judgmental about