Ayatollah Boroujerdi pens another letter from Evin Prison and has it smuggled out. In his letter, he challenges the leaders and theoreticians to a live debate over Veleyat-e faqih. The letter is as follows:
The greetings of the tormented captive in Evin prison to the Creator who created nothing, but beauty, grace and kindness.
Greetings to the messengers who have no mission, but broadcasting love, kindness and friendship.
With respect for dear Iran that is suffering under the most severe forms of discriminations, oppressions and criminality. Iran’s current history registers all disgraces and scandals inflicted upon the holy presence of God by barbaric religious authorities.
Indeed, monotheistic religions are free from the possession, control, and distortions of worldly irreligious men. You will never witness any pressures, threats and physical and psychological tortures committed by leaders of these religions. Under these religions, even the sentence of eternal hell is transformed into heaven by the grace and intercession of God. We see the kindness and tenderness of our Lord in the stories of the prophets as He caresses His people in His great and kind embrace.
When religion and politics are combined, opportunities for deceit, ruse and, crime will appear. The Lord of purity, goodness and happiness will change to the ghoul of torture, torment and violence. This principle is in accordance with this verse of holy Quran which says: (“و یخرجون الناس من دین الله افواجا” means the people leave Allah’s religion in crowds) will become certain. I wish I were dead and I had never seen such these deplorable and lamentable days.
The religion whose Prophet maintained friendship and honesty with the followers of other religions, as he went to visit his Jewish neighbor who was sick! The Prophet who forgave the murderer of His uncle who was His supporter and the leader of his army. At the time of the capture of Mecca, His slogan was “today is the day of mercy”. While the residents of Mecca had repeatedly killed many of His family and followers in war, He treated them in a friendly and kindly way. In His mercy, He even turned the house of the leader of the pagan community of the Hejaz into an embassy building. He also gave Abu-Sofyan (the pagan leader) the freedom and independence to continue his plots and sabotage against the Muslims!
The religion whose Leader asked people at pulpit to forgive Him and punish Him if he had oppressed anyone inadvertently! Now how do we accept that this Islam has become an executioner which torments its followers severely and strangles the whole society by horrifically punishing everyone who protests against even the lowest level of governmental agents even the low grade one, will be punished horribly?!!
I have asked the leaders and the theoreticians of state-controlled religion to present their arguments in a live debate on TV and let me present my clear arguments and decisive reasons too. This debate would allow the world to judge better the validity of the concept of state-controlled religion. Our merciful God would be cleared of this accusation that is result of the actions of this regime during thirty one years.
Yes, mixing governance and Islam has always been a carnal idea. This worldly approach to Islam has always led to numerous forms of sin and degenerations. As we see in the history of Bani-Umaya and Bani-Abbas, huge group of Muslims left Islam and became heretics or joined other religions. Today if the pressures and suppression of religious despotism were removed from this country, you will see that the result of combining religion and politics has been nothing, but depriving all the people of monotheism and spirituality.
Seyed Hosein Kazemeini Boroujerdi
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