In the name of God
“Those who say: Our God is Allah, and afterward is upright; the angels descend upon them, saying: Fear not nor grieve, but hear good tidings of the paradise which you are promised.” (Holy Quran: Chapter Fussilat, Versus 30)
Once again we are in the month of Muharram and approaching the anniversary of the commemoration of a movement that was initiated centuries ago to return human to their innate high stature and the brightest symbol of humanity of the time and all times that chose to call out for justice and reveal fallacy over shameful silence despite all the pains that were lurking for him. [Imam] Hossein stood up at a time that he found what was left from the movement of his grandfather (prophet Mohammad) was attacked by the totalitarian storm of the power seekers and saw the religion being slaughtered for the magisterial of the palace of oppression and narcissism. Hossein was witnessing that they (the government) were wearing a clothes of justice over the fallacy and were portraying the justice as fallacy. Hossein was seeing that this time the intention of the power seekers was not only to gain control over all the power but rather to keep it at any cost and by relying on money, force and deception. He saw that this time it is the religion itself that is the target of the narcissists and it is not silence anymore that could help keep the little light of belief alive and it is the time for standing in front of all those, who in the name of being the successor to the prophet and the ruler of Muslims, were destroying the religion and religiousness to stay in power just a little bit longer.
Hossein knew that the mortar between the stones of the palace of power was lie and it is the call of truth seeking that would abolish it. Hossein knew that what great sufferings were waiting for him in that path: hired clerics would accuse him of abandoning the religion and creating sedation; would surrender the family of the prophet in difficulties and repetitive disgraces; and would put him at the cross road of choosing between a shameful life [of being silence to live] and standing for justice [and die for it]. And he chose to stand. Hossein broke silence to protect the religion of his grandfather from annihilation and accepted the leadership of a movement that was not for fame and power but for fixing wrong doings and cleaning abominations. This is why the noble men and women, who followed him, from any religion and sect, considered him the everlasting symbol of freedom seeking.
Centuries later, the Islamic revolution happened in a land with deep-rooted culture and civilization, and people who had previously proven their leadership in recognizing their best interests in a transformed world and in this part of the world by the constitutional revolution, the movement of nationalizing oil and the movement of Khordad 15 and the creation of dialogue on freedom seeking, justice and search for independence [from the foreign influence] to progress and achieve a society in which human can reach financial peace and pious blessing. We all remember how the roaring flood of the protestors on Tasua (the day before Aashura) and Aashura of 1357 (1357 of Persian calendar: the year 1978) ended a tyrant regime (Shah’s government) that had shut down all peaceful means of criticism and objection and in the last years of its life had hallucinations that more than anything were the results of being disconnected from the realities of the society.
The tyrant rulers were surrounded by their limited toadeaters and flatterers such that instead of hearing the sound of their legitimacy cracking they were looking for hearing the voice of support from paranormal powers in their hallucinations, obliterate to the fact that the greatest asset of any country is the support of its people from the officials by free and informed participation; obliterate to the fact that legitimacy must be sought in daily improvement of people’s living condition; obliterate to the fact that the majesty must be sought in the hearts of people not in the armed parades and show of weapon stockpiles. And this is why the people of this land turned back on the rulers and the greatest revolution of the century was formed.
The millions of people, who took on the streets on days of Tasua and Aashura (of 1978), found their over hundred year old demands in the call of the man whose perseverance in undertaking the path they had tested. In the rallies of those days, everyone was participating with their ideas, beliefs and color. Those unfamiliar yesterday would become familiar faces that day; selfishness would turn into selflessness and “I”s to “We”. Since the next day of victory, those people were enthusiastic to build and reconstruct the wreckage in front of their eyes and put hands in each others’ hands with kindness. Even when disagreements escalated, they were united in front of the invading enemy (Saddam) and defended their inherited land. And who has forgotten that all across Iran was the scene for heroism: the frontlines and behind the frontlines, factories and farms, schools and universities, homes and offices, all and all were the scene for struggle and work to defend this land. And who has forgotten that when we had to accept the peace deal, the same suffered but resilient people, stood in front of those few who had sought shelter and help from the invaders, and showed that the decision to withdraw from the war was not based on fear and lack of belief but rather was based on wisdom and foresight. They showed that they consider the mistakes of their leaders forgivable because of believing in their sincerity and confession to mistake not only would not lessen the stature of their leaders but rather increase their affection in the hearts of the people. They showed that they have adopted a religion to guide their actions that has logic for its war and peace. They showed that for them, religious beliefs are guidance for them that would bring them to their destination in the mist of sand storm of the time. That was why whenever they would see themselves furthering from the path, they would attempt to fix it: Khordad 2nd (first term Mohammad Khatami was elected to president and the birth of reform movement) and Khordad 22nd (day of the rigged presidential elections in 2009) were from this vigilance.
But what a pity that the totalitarians that consider monopoly in power as their only way of surviving this time didn’t care about these just demands [of the people] at all. The totalitarians lined up all their facilities and media in front of the will of the majority, and shot their deadliest ammunition of allegation and false accusations toward the people who wanted change; and when, because of the unprecedented presence of the people, their routine cheats and tricks did not work in the process of election, they found the solution in an election coup d’état: they put aside counting the votes and announced their victory; attacked the oppositions’ campaign centers and arrested activists. And when angry and humiliated people took on the streets to peacefully and quietly demand their indisputable rights and respect for their votes, they (the totalitarians) declared shedding their bloods (blood of the people) not a sin and created the bloody events like the [Tehran] University dormitory and Kahrizak [prison] and similar to those. (Note: The government’s thugs and plain clothes militia along with the police forces twice attacked the dormitory of Tehran University and beat and killed students by throwing them off the rooftops and shooting at them. At Kahrizak prison that many Green protestors arrested and held at this prison, were killed under government’s torture, three of whom the government confessed to their murder.)
You remember what they did to the protesting mourners during last year’s Aashura: They (the government’s thugs and police forces) threw the protestors off the bridges, run over their defenseless bodies by cars, and shot at their love-filled hearts. And then shamelessly called the reaction of angry people by showing incomplete and selective footage in their media as the riot of foreign-supported goons and cried Islam is in danger! Was that person whose body was run over twice by the police car an American or Israeli? Or those who were shot directly on midday Aashura while calling [Imam] Hossein’s name were of the army of Yazid (the tyrant who was ruling Muslims and ordered the killing of Imam Hossein) or Amreas or Ebn-Ziad (deceitful agents of the tyrant rulers of the time)? After that also they arrested several men and women of the best sons and daughters of this revolution and land so that they would silence these voices. Little they know they suppressed anger of informed and oppressed people is more dangerous that their voice seeking justice.
My Green minded companions: These days the religion and its practice are going through difficult times and these days many of you ask, given all these deceptions, how one can save the pure hearts of this land’s youths from the constant waves of rejecting the religion? The answer of this humble companion of yours is that rejecting the religion finds ground to extend when the religion that is being advertized violates the very basic foundations of moral principles such as honesty and not lying; [and when] in the name of the religion, horrific crimes are committed, and in order to defeat the oppositions false accusations and lies against them are preached from the holy platforms of the Friday Prayers as not only allowed but desirable; [and when the government] mobilizes all platforms and mosques to spread false accusations and lies against the opposition by issuing memos and at the very same places the rights of the teachers and workers be ignored; and [when] the social gap, corruption and prostitution caused by the unprecedented poverty, the [high] divorce rate and unemployment be considered as normal phenomena. In such situation, how can youths identify that all these oppressions, violence and hatreds that are being assertively presented as Islam by those having the official platforms, have nothing to do with Islam? And while they have been the innocent witnesses of the massive financial and cultural problems as well as the extensive presence of lies in all affairs, how can they believe that preserving the establishment is based on preserving the moral and Islamic values and the national interests and not based on preserving the individuals at power by any means? Now instead of facing the true face of the religion which is a kind and merciful one, they are facing an ugly face which knows no other language but violence and force. They witness how the rights of the people which have been stated in the constitution are being ignored, and separation of the branches [of the government] which is a barrier against creation of the above-the-law and unlimited powers is being violated repeatedly, and the independence of the judiciary, judges and courts is destroyed by the security authorities, and the parliament that is supposed to be on top of all affairs is influenced by orders; and reckless adventures in the foreign policy are becoming norm, and military officials end up in greed and gaining money instead of fulfilling their duties; and absolutely no opposition voice is being tolerated, and the prisons are filled with women and men that do not put up with these views of the rulers.
In these critical times, let us take action as Zeynab (sister of Imam Hossein who after the martyrdom of his brother and while was taken as a prisoner of war did not keep silence and unveiled the facts) did and give the true message of religion with its spiritual face to those who are thirsty for truth. It is our responsibility to learn and teach others that the false claims of those pretending to be religious should not be considered as what the religion truly is; it is our responsibility to tell the true story of the revolution for the generation that whatever knows is either via distorting media or via those narrative it while have been against it; and in this telling the facts we should not be afraid from fairly criticizing the past and at the same time we should avoid denying its great achievements. It is our responsibility to tell the truth like Zeynab and erode the mortar that holds the palace of lies together. It is our everlasting responsibility to keep alive the memory of high statured martyrs of the revolution, the war, and the events of after the election and the noble women and men in the prisons, just like all the family of Imam Hossein. And it is our responsibility to help protect the traditional social centers by organizing and attending the ceremonies for commemorating the epic of Aashura in this memorable month.