Today is a public religious holiday in Iran, and this week is a special week of mourning in “Ramadan”. In Iran, the ordinary life changes in Radaman, and the Mullahs force all Iranians to be like them; Eating and drinking in public places, even in personal cars, in the restaurants or in the streets are banned; The Mullahs change the state TV programs; Their shitty programs become much more shittier and you can only see the f-u-c-k-ing faces of Mullahs in all seven channels of the state TV. Ramadan is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, lying, intercourse, etc. But in the recent years, especially after the 2009 Mullah coup, Ramadan has changed in Iran. First, lets take a look at the past and the traditional Ramadan in Iran. In Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink, through fasting, from dawn to sunset. At sunset, the family will gather the fast-breaking meal known as Iftar or Eftar. In Iran, it’s a meal of Aash, Naan (bread), Panir (white cheese), Sabzi (herbs), Polo (Pilaff), Stews, date, Zulbia, etc. The first pre-dawn meal (before the sunrise) is called “Sahari”, and is eaten at about 4 a.m. In Iran, it’s a meal like Eftar, but a bit lighter. The dates of Ramadan vary, moving backwards by about eleven days each year depending on the moon; thus, a person will have fasted every day of the calendar year in 34 years’ time . Now, Muslim fast during the hottest month of year, for about 16 hours par day, i.e. form 4.30 a.m. to 20.30 p.m. They should not drink any water in this hot weather, 40C+. Some say: “it’s not healthy; it’s wrong”; but others say: “Hot weather or cold weather is not the main issue. To Fast or not to Fast, it’s not the main question or problem. Fasting is a matter of faith, not health. You can fast and think it’s very healthy, like many Muslims. But the problem is that you can not force others to fast; You can not force others to think or live like you . It’s the main problem.” Now, in 2010s, Ramadan in Iran is not like the past, and not like the Arab world. Some old Iranians say: “30 years ago, Raman was in the summer, like the recent years, but at that time the majority of Iranians fasted, unlike the current situation. Now, the majority of young Iranians prefer to not bother themselves with fasting.” They are right. But why and how this change happened? Now, in 2011, when you look at the people in the streets and the work places, you find that the number of the ordinary people who don’t fast during Ramadan, is very larger. You can say that they are the majority. They hate the Mullahs and all things that are related to the Mullahs, including Ramadan and fasting. Some of them say: “We hate the Mullahs and don’t want to be like them. In addition, we don’t want to become ill in this hot summer, by avoiding drinking water”. And some of them add: “The Mullahs say Ramadan teaches them to practice patience, self-control, and empathy for others, etc. But we have not forgotten 2009. Ramadan teaches the Mullahs and Islamists to kill, torture, and rape the people. In the recent years, Islam means fraud, kill, torture, lie, rape, oppress, and mass arrest for us. It’s what Ramadan teaches the Islamists in Iran .” In fact, the Iranians are really angry at the Mullahs and Islamists, and after 2009 crackdowns, many ordinary people have lost their religious faith. It’s an undeniable fact. But it’s not the whole story.
The Mullah behaviors, the Mullah norms, and the Mullah laws are very ridiculous. In Islam, the elderly, the chronically ill, women during the period of their menstruation, those traveling, etc are exempt from fasting. In Islam, as Iranians knew it, you can not force others to fast. In fact, Hijab, fast, pray, etc should not be forced. But the Mullahs say: “In Ramada, eating public is forbidden according to Sharia law and is an example of an obvious crime and is prosecutable. It is obvious that excuses like illnesses and trips do not justify eating in public ” They arrest the people, Muslim or non-Muslim, who want to drink or eat something during the daylight hours in Raman. But many people fight against this stupid law, and in fact, for Iranians “fight against fasting” have become a fight against the Mullahs ! Now, the Mullahs and their dogs are so desperate and helpless, because the majority have chosen this way of fighting. In the work places or the streets, you can see many people who eat or drink inside their cars, in the parks, etc. But all restaurants are closed. It’s so ridiculous. Iranians did not have this sort of Islam in the past decades. Muslims and non-Muslims lived in peace with each other, and no one force others to fast. This sort of stupid bans are the Mullah invention, that can only disgrace the religion more and more. In fact, what the Mullahs did in these years, had a direct impact on the number of Iranian Muslims, and the Iranian views on Islam. It’s so obvious that after 2009, what has happened to the Islam’s image in Iran. The number of Iranians who fast during Ramadan, has decreased significantly. Of course, it’s not very important. Being religious or being irreligious is not important. I knew many people who were religious, but were real human. And I knew many people who were irreligious, but were really bastard . The Iranian Muslims have not been like Arab Muslims. Iranians created an Islamic cult called “Sufism (Islamic mysticism)” in 12th century. Many great Persian poets, like Hafiz, Rumi, Attar, etc were Sufi. They were open-minded. The Sufis believed that all humans should love each other, and should live in peace with each other. They thought that all humans are a symbol of God . The Mullahs and Arabs were the enemy of Sufis, and said that they are Mortad (apostate). The Muslim fanatics killed many Sufis. For example, they killed Mansur Hallaj, because he said: “There is no external God. We all are God.” Attar, Rumi, Hafiz, and almost all other Sufis believed in what Hallaj said. Attar (1119-1220 CE) most well known masterpiece of “Mantiq at-Tayr” known as “The Conference of the Birds”, is the story of a journey by a group of 30 birds, led by a hoopoe for finding “Simorgh” (God). Hoopoe is an allegory of a Sufi sheikh or master leading his pupils to enlightenment. There is a clever word play between the words Simorgh – a mysterious bird in Iranian mythology- and “Si morgh” meaning “thirty birds” in Persian. The birds must cross seven valleys in order to find the Simorgh: Talab (Yearning), Eshq (Love), Marifat (Gnosis), Istighnah (Detachment), Tawheed (Unity of God), Hayrat (Bewilderment) and, finally, Fuqur and Fana (Selflessness and Oblivion in God). These represent the stations that a Sufi must pass through to realize the true nature of God. When the 30 birds finally arrive in the land of Simorgh, all they see there are each other and the reflection of the 30 birds in a lake -not the mythical Simorgh. It is the Sufi doctrine that God is not external or separate from the universe, rather is the totality of existence. The 30 birds seeking the Simorgh realize that Simorgh is nothing more than their transcendent totality. The idea of God within is an idea intrinsic to most interpretations of Sufism. It’s very interesting that the majority of religious Iranians think that Sufis, i.e. some one like Attar, Rumi, or Hafiz, are the real Muslim, not the Mullahs. The Hafiz’s Divan (Hafiz’s book of poems) is a holly book for Iranians. Islam for Iranians is more like the Sufi Islam, the Hafiz’s Islam or Attar’s Islam, not the Mullah Islam. The Mullah logic is so disgusting, and in the recent years, Iranians try to show that they hate the Mullah logic
In Raman, the Mullahs and their dogs do their best to ensure that the fast was observed Restaurants and snack bars closed during the daylight hours . It’s really disgusting. An Iranian girl wrote in her blog what is the story of many Iranians in Ramadan: “My friends and I were not fasting, hiding in our car in a quiet neighborhood close to our university and having our lunch before going to an afternoon class . Suddenly somebody started banging the car’s window – it was a huge, scary Mullah Police officer who had caught us eating. We knew how to deal with this unpleasant accident – some money all he needs. We drive away while kept calling him a jerk. Of course, not everyone is so lucky to escape misery so easily in Iran where you can easily get lashed for not following Islamic law.” And she added: “Relationships between people and their God (if ones believes) is a part of private life and not publicly enforced; where there is respect for the dignity of human beings and personal choices; where nobody has permission to force anybody else to heaven or coerce religious observance. So enjoy being a Muslim. But don’t force it on me, and respect the rights of others to practice what they believe ” It’s what the majority of Iranians believe. But what the Mullahs do is forcing others to accept their thoughts. It’s what we call “The Mullah Logic”. These days are the anniversary of 1988 massacre in the Mullah prisons. The survivors’ memories can show us the real meaning of the Mullah logic. One of them say: “We were among the first group of leftists that was summoned to go in front of the Gohar Dasht Death Committee. I was summoned into the room a little before noon. They asked me questions regarding my religious beliefs, such as “Are you Muslim?” I said, “Yes, I am Muslim.” Then they asked, “Do you pray?” I said, “No.” They asked, “Why don’t you pray?” I said, “I did not pray before I was imprisoned, and I think if I pray in prison then that means I am pretending and not really praying. I don’t want to pretend that I am what I was not outside of prison. I don’t want to pray because I am in prison. This type of praying by force has no value before God.” Then they asked: “Do you believe in God?” I said, “Yes.” They finally said: “Take him out of the room and beat him until he prays .” It was late evening. There, they again asked us whether we would pray. Some agreed to pray. I and those who refused to pray were then taken to a few beds and ordered to lie down. They tied us to the bed posts. Next, they began whipping us. Ten lashes for every prayer session missed . Me and my friend, Jalil, decided to tell them to take us to the Committee again. Once I was in front of the Death Committee, I showed them my feet and said, “If this is your Islam, I am not a Muslim.” I told him that forced prayer was meaningless. I told him that I would continue to refuse prayer because I was being forced to do it. The guards then escorted me out of the room and placed me in a queue of prisoners who were to be sent to their deaths. But that night, I finally told them that I would pray. One of the guards went up to the front and began praying. The guards asked us to follow his lead. This was the beginning of the end of our resistance in prison. After so much killing and torture, after so many shattered lives, we could not continue on any longer. After they took us back to our rooms and closed the door, I burst into tears.”
Iranians and non-Iranians can see the current serious change in Iranian Ramadan. A foreign tourist writes in her blog: “It’s Ramadan. I’m in the metro, with some teenagers sitting in front of me. After a few minutes, they take biscuits and cakes from their bags and start eating. They are laughing out loud (it’s kind of protest). People are looking at them, some with a big smile, but many stay indifferent. Some say: “now, statesmen annoy people under the name of religion and Islam, and it’s obvious that young people hate all the things that have the label of religion on them” Some others say: “Everything that has the pressure of compulsion and force behind it is ruined in advance. When sometimes they arrest people because of eating in Ramadan, it’s clear that young people do exactly these things out of spite.” Some, who are still Muslim, say: “Sometimes we ask ourselves: this is the same thing that the Mullahs, these evil people, do and they are proud of it, so what is the difference between us and the Mullahs?! ” It’s the main question of many Iranians. Many can not find a proper answer for it. When they read history, and learn more about the Mullah era, their doubts increase. The Mullah logic is really horrible. They force others to accept their thoughts and think they can save their religion in this way. It’s not a joke or unreal thing. It’s exactly what the Mullahs have done in the past 30 years. Another survivor of 1988 massacre, say: “I was a high-rank member of the Tudeh Party. In July 1988, we learned about the UN-brokered cease-fire with Iraq. I remember very clearly the prison environment during those days. Many thought that any day, the prison gates would be torn down and we would walk out as heroes [!!!] . Around that time, some vague news reached us from the men’s wards of Gohar Dasht that they had begun executing male prisoners. I must confess that when I heard the news, I was in complete disbelief. On August 25, 1988, they began whipping leftist prisoners. I was summoned to go in front of the Death Commission on August 26. On the day they took me there, I had no idea where I was going. There were lots of prisoners sitting in the hallway and waiting. They asked me : “Do you pray?” I said, “No.” He asked, “How about your parents?” I said, “My father doesn’t pray.” He said: “Take her. Until she prays and comes to Islam, whip her “. When it was time for our first prayer session, they took us to the torture chamber for a whipping. They tied our hands and feet to the bed, threw a blanket on our heads, and shoved a dirty piece of cloth in our mouths. They wanted to shut us up. Then they whipped us. They lashed me for five days, five times a day. Finally I acknowledged that I can no longer bear torture and I accepted to pray. I was completely broken and disheveled. The day I finally said that I believed in Islam was a very painful day for me “. Can you believe this? It’s really horrible. It’s the real meaning of the Mullah logic and the Islamic Middle Age.
In the past decades, Raman was the month of “Nazri”. This is an Iranian Muslim tradition of Nazr. Nazr occurs when you ask something of God, and promise to make and distribute some kind of food to others, in return. “Nazri” in Persian means the food cooked in honor of God and is given to the poor, family and friends. It’s an ancient and good tradition. But the Mullahs have shitted on beliefs, and now Nazri is fading way. An old Iranian says: “I remember when I was a child, my grandmother who was the eldest in her family would make an Aash for the health and well being of all our big family throughout the year. All the family came over and one or two truly huge pots were heated up on a massive stove made for the purpose, in the middle of the yard. The pans were so huge one could fit into them ! We were told that if we made a wish while we were stirring the Aash then it had a good chance of coming true. As children we loved those nights when the elders were busy talking and we were free to stay up very late and play. I still remember those nights with great nostalgia “. It’s what the religious Iranians did in the past. But the Mullahs shitted on everything, and called it “Islamic logic”, that is more like the evil logic. The Mullah era is a horrible nightmare in the Iran’s history. Another survivor of 1988 massacre says: “It was the summer of 1988 that we heard some news about the mass execution. We did not hear anything about those leftists who were summoned away, until one night we noticed several prisoners entering our ward. I sat beside the wall and sent our Morse code. A friend answered : “We all accepted that we are Muslim and we agreed to write against our beliefs. We accepted to pray and become Muslim.” I was truly shocked. They had resisted for all years. Then one day, they summoned me. He asked: “Are you a Muslim?” I responded: “This information is personal.” He again asked: “Do you pray?” I responded: “This information is also personal.” He then asked: “What about your parents?” I said: “My parents are Muslim.” He said: “so, you are a Mortad (apostate). The Quran state that an apostate man must be executed. An apostate woman must be whipped until she accepts to say that she is a Muslim or dies . Take her out, brother.” The guard escorted me to a solitary cell. He asked me if I was going to pray. I said no. He directed me to a wooden chair and ordered me to lie down. I did. Then he began whipping me as he recited verses related to treatment of apostate women. They beat us five times a day. They summoned us during prayer hours: at 12 a.m., 4 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. There were two prisoners who managed to resist. The rest gave up after some days. I told them that I had begun menstruating. They gave me three days of rest. Finally I found that I can no longer bear torture and I accepted to pray .” Can you call it logic ? Can you call it religious logic? The Mullahs and their logic only disgrace the religion more and more, like what the church and the pope did in the European Middle Age. But what happened in Europe? One day the ordinary religious people, not intellects or elites, rose up and f-u-c-ked the church, the pope, and the religion . Some wise Iranians say: “If the Iranian Islamists really care about their religion, they should read about what happened in the European Middle Age. You can not force others to accept the religion. Even the prophets knew this fact. You can not whip others to become Muslim. You can not whip others or kill others, because they don’t want to be Muslim. It’s only disgrace Islam. The fate of this logic, the Mullah logic, is very clear. Now what we see in these years, is a direct result of the Mullah logic. And in the near future, we can see more serious results of the Mullah logic. The Mullahs’ fate in Iran, will be worse than the church and the pope’s fate in Europe . Wake up before it’s too late.”