The History of Islamic terror in Iran
Monday, September 1, 2008
By: Amil Imani
The aim of this letter is to address the future generation as well as the current Iranian youth. The time to keep silence has passed and the time to speak of the truth has begun. As I write this letter to you today, I am perplexed and frightened to think about what it will be like when you are born. My mind is filled with uncertainty for your future. My soul is filled with pain and agony of the unknown.
We have been witnessing the exact brutalities, savageries
and barbarism for the past twenty-six years by the Arab-Islamic fascists upon
I am telling you this story, partly because it is timely,
partly because it is good to know the lessons that history teaches us.
However, death is the last thing on my mind. Actions are needed to correct the past mistakes and that starts with you. You, the born and unborn, must know what is happening in your country and what has led us to where we are today. You must know this and do everything in your power to save your country and her people.
So, this is a message to you and to the future generation. We cannot allow the same ruthless Islamic zealots who went on their roofs calling upon an Arab God, “Allah-o Akbar,” to impose an Islamic revolution on our society, to control and interpret our history. Also, we cannot allow the guardians of the status quo to define and control our future.
You must adhere to the wisdom of Zartushtra, who was a
messenger of peace and longevity and eternal love and wisdom. He was also a
messenger of “Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds”. History has shown if
only Iranians had adhered to those “three” principles,
Let me tell you who and what the Arabs were before turning Islamic and bringing the wrath of their “Allah” upon Iranians and other nations. Before the advent of Islam, the Arabs were idol worshipers. According to Vaqqidi, the Arabs had 360 gods for each day of the year and the largest and the main God was called “Allah.” They were pagan, a polytheistic culture. One wonders how could a group of desert dwellers, nomads, who lacked culture and civilization, possibly attack an old Empire and advance so quickly!
The Sassanid dynasty, despite being a great and powerful Iranian dynasty had become extremely corrupt and very unstable towards the end. Four centuries of theocratic oppression of different religious groups, suppression of the peasants and lack of tolerance had caught up with the dynasty. The decay and abandonment and growth are part of the circle of evolution and also the birth of enlightenment and blossoms of the truth. The rule of nature dictates to us that anything that does not change with time stagnates and degenerates.
While the Sassanid dynasty was in a chaotic and frenzied stage, across the desert a new religion was forming and foaming with fever and zealousness. Being deprived most of their lives from earthly pleasures and splendor and for centuries looking toward the Persians and the Romans with a certain awe, envy and fear, the Arabs were uniting under the new flag of Islam and marching toward the Persian lands and later the Roman lands.
King Yazdgird III, with the help of the Commander of Persian forces Rostam Farokhzad, became the last King of the Sassanids. It fell to him to pay for the sins of his forefathers. Before the war broke out with the Arabs, his vanity and overconfidence, as shown by Iranian rulers and nobles time and again, brought disaster to the nation. He was an inexperienced and arrogant ruler.
Rostam Farokhzad, a very courageous and brilliant Persian commander, foresaw the consequences. Yazdgird, sitting on the throne of the Aryan Empires, thought that the Iranian Army, like the previous Armies was invincible. Farokhzad knew that the time had changed. These were not the same Arabs and his military was not the same military.
Rostam Farokhzad had realized that these newly motivated Muslims were fearless as the today's suicide bombers in our era seem to be fearless and do not value human life. He knew that his soldiers were thinking about how to survive a war, yet, the Arab Army, similar to today's Islamic overzealous militants, were embracing death. The Arabs did not fear death because of the promise of a better life after death by “Allah”. He knew he couldn't possibly win this war and the best option was a diplomatic one.
Nonetheless, the war began and the Arab army under its
ruthless commander, Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas approached. The Persian Army was
defeated in the decisive “Battle of Qadisiyah.” Rostam Farokhzad, the
courageous Iranian general was murdered and Yazdgird’s last attempt to gather
forces to counter attack fell short. He wandered around the country for many
years and it is told that he was slain in one of the villages in northern
Just how decisive was the “Battle of Qadisiyah.”? Even though the “Battle of Nahavand” was the last war of the Arabs with the Persians in which Yazdgird’s Army was completely defeated, the “Battle of Qadisiyah” had already sealed the fate of the Sassanids Empire just as the “Battle of Yarmuk” had sealed the fate of the Byzantine Empire in the West and was the start of a new chapter of the Islamic world and Islamic Iran.
This was an unusual defeat for the Persians. The Arabs were
not satisfied with the spoils of the war. They wanted an Islamic Persia. They
had come to convert the Persians by hook or by crook. "La ilah ilallah,
It is the belief in the same “Allah” that brought upon the
Iranian people the greatest catastrophe of the Islamic revolution. This is also
the same belief that brought the twin towers down in the
History had taught the Arabs to plunder anybody anywhere. They burned one of the greatest libraries that ever existed at that period. With that, they destroyed not only the collections of previous Persian cultures, but other collections as well. It made no difference whose belongings they were. And now, with their newly found ideology, it made all their crimes more justifiable. The same can be said about today's Islamic rulers.
Fearing prosecution and death by extremely ruthless and
merciless Arabs, great numbers of Iranians left
Historically, when a traditional religion encountered a society with a world or universal religion, the followers of the traditional religion converted, either by choice or by force. At any rate, the remaining Persians either accepted it or were forced to become Muslims and retain Islam as their state religion even after they gained their independence and developed the Persian language.
The struggle for liberation from the Arab fanatics never
stopped Iranians. There were numerous Iranian uprisings against the Islamic
Caliphs. Abu-Moslem Khorasani’s revolution almost freed
All these liberation movements, from Abu Moslem Khorasani in Khorasan, to Sinbad from Nayshabor, who followed the path of Abu Moslem Khorasani to Babak Khoramdin from Azerpaigan, who fought against the Arab army very fiercely, until he was betrayed by another Iranian, Afshin and was decapitated by the Arab Caliph, to Maziar, who led freedom fighters in the North against the Arab Army and envisioned of reviving the Iranian tradition; to Mardaviz-e-Zeyari, from Daylaman revolutionary leader and a Persian renaissance, to the Great Yaghoob-e Leis-e Saffari and Astadhsis, carried out five basic virtues: wisdom, bravery, courage, justice and a never ending struggle for an independent Iran. The spirits of these Persian heroes will live on and so does the Iranian struggle. This is something you must pursue.
With the first invasion of Arab-Islamic values, history has
shown that the Arabs had not come to
As we have witnessed again 1400 years later, the third invasion of Arab- Islamic values of 1979, lead by its extremely brutal satanic Islamic revolutionary man, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, also has gravely failed to convert a highly complicated and sophisticated Persian culture, tradition and identity, into an Islamic way of life. History has shown time and again that the crown of Islamic Arab values simply does not fit the Persians. It never has and it never will.
There exists much duplicity within the Iranian culture. Originally, Iranians accepted Islam to save their lives, but deep inside the heart of every single Iranian alive to this date, the burning sensation and resentment of the Arab-Islamic invasion of their culture is everlastingly enflaming. They confess of being Muslims; yet, the overwhelming numbers Iranians have never read the Quran or understand its language. The events in history have toughened Iranians gravely. They have become great pretenders.
During the next two centuries, a silence rolled over the
once dynamic land. The heroic efforts by the Persian national heroes never
allowed the Arab occupiers to live at peace. The Arabs keep fighting the
rebellions constantly and at the same time emptying out the wealth of
Anywhere the Arabs would find a Zoroastrian temple, they would burn it down. Any Persian books were obliterated and those who wrote or spoke in Persian were faced with death. Their mission was very similar to the third invasion of Arab-Islamic values of 1979. Each invasion diverted from its original goals. Each went after Persian culture and identity and each gravely have failed.
The historical division of Islam went underway under Shah
Ismail. He declared Ithna Ashari Shiitism as the official and compulsory
religion of his new
Caliphs had passed into the hands of the close associates of the Prophet starting in line with Abu Bakr al-Siddiq, 'Umar ibn al-Khattab, 'Uthman ibn and Ali ibn Abi Talib, Muhammad's son-in-law. It should be noted that Ali never claimed to be an Imam or an innocent one. He was simply an Arab Caliph.
After the death of the Prophet, the Arab world followed by an elective process to nominate the next in line successor which started with Abu Bakr. This group is known as ahl alsunnah wa-l-jama'ah, "the people of custom and community," or Sunnis. The imamate or "leadership" - in non-elective manner would become what we know today as Shiitism. Shiites say that succession must remain within the family of the Prophet, a blood-line - with Ali the first valid caliph. It should also be noted that this division occurred after the assassination of Imam Ali in Kufa by Ibn Muljim.
After the assassination of Imam Ali, his older son Imam Hassan became rightful Shiite leader. Not long into his Imamate, Imam Hassan also became victim to Bani Umayyad family. Now here is the defining moment for the entire Shiitism division and especially leading to the Iranian version. After Imam Hussein inherited the Imamate, in a decisive battle with Yazid who was the son of Mu’awiya sealed the everlasting fairly tales of Shiitism. It has been said Imam Hussein who was out numbered was beheaded by the Yazid’s Army in an unfair battle. Imam Hussein, like his father becomes martyr, hence, the start of a new era of Shiitism.
Up to this day, Iranians mourn for the first Imam and the third Imam, Ali ebn-e abi taaleb, and Hussein-ebn-e Ali, (Majaales-e Rozehkhaani va Azaa daari), After Iranians were forced to become Shiite by Shah Ismail, this practice became extremely prevalent and popular in the mosques and “Takaayaa, Huseinieh haa” and in many people homes. Especially in the month of Safar and Ramadan, they were devoted to the ceremonies of (Sineh zani) beating oneself on the chest, (Zanjir zani), beating oneself with metal chain, (Sang zani), beating oneself with rocks, and (Ghameh zani), wounding oneself with poniard. “Ghameh zani or Shah Husseini,” was conducted in what is called on the days of Aashoora and Taasooaa, on the 9th and 10th of Moharam.
Everyone is wearing grave-cloths, wounding themselves with a poniard (Ghameh) until their heads or their foreheads are cut open, filling their entire head and face with blood. This was a barbaric practice which was abolished during the later reign of the late Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi. It is said this practice has also been banished recently in the Islamic Republic as well. While abusing their bodies, they were shouting “Yaa Hussein, Yaa Abdullah” and repeating it over and over again and another group reciting mourning. Each year many people died as a result of self-inflicted wounds to the head.
Even though 2500 years has passed since Cyrus the Great declared the first Charters of the human rights, yet, at the down of the new millennium, Iranians are still struggling for their simple and basic human rights. What went wrong?
I hope by now you have a clear idea what went wrong and why
after two millenniums of supremacy by the Persian Empires over the vast land of
the known world, Iranians are at the bottom of the civilized world today. The
newly selected president of the Islamic Republic recently spoke at the United
Nations, confirming my anxieties of
Our nation for centuries has struggled valiantly to survive. The history of our nation is all about struggle. Our nation, once again is struggling for its independence from the most vicious and barbaric system known to the history of man. It is one of the most tyrannical and oppressive regimes in the modern time. What makes this era the most sensitive era of the Persian history, is the fact that the Islamic Republic is playing games with people's life, by creating the most devastating bombs, ( the nuclear bomb) and opening the doors from outside with a full fledge war on Iran.
The current rulers in
History is filled with ironies. What the Arabs had come to
Namiram keh az in pass man zendeh’am,
Keh tokhm-e sokhan raa paraa-kardeham
(I am deathless, I am eternal Lord,
For I have spread the seed of the Word)
Ferdowsi is dead. But, his spirit lives in the hearts and minds of all freedom-loving Iranians.
The volatile situation in
Let us regain our dignity of a human being
And to seek out the truth,
Let us enjoy our Persian pride
And to fulfill our destiny.
Let us pursue the true unity and peace on earth
And regain our religious freedom.
Let us do it
None will remain hidden from the concealed!
Let me join my cold eyes,
With the cold mirrors of the earth!
Let us be together!
Let the tenderness of our hands,
Overflow with Persian pride and joy,
Let us merge our eyes,
In each other's eyes
Let us do it
Nothing will be hidden from the concealed!
Nothing will grow from absurd values!
Let us eradicate madly,
The roots of prejudice and ignorant beliefs!
And stir the bowl of Love,
Let me say this:
Nothing stays constant,
Nothing will last till eternity,
And for wisdom to soar,
Tremble for one small minute!
Let us divide the mirrors equally
I can say this:
This is the last event in the transformation of life;
This is the last human promise!
Let me say this:
Blandishment is not my style,
Let me say this:
I conquered the garden,
Without your knowledge!
Let me share it with you!
Let us make a flower happy,
In our exclusive hands!
Let us be a bird,
With two open shinning eyes,
Looking at the world!
Let us have faith in purity!
Let us flee away from impurity!
Let me fill the cradle of my poetry,
With your image!
Let us surrender to each other,
And understand each other's pains and sufferings
Let us do it!
Let us make another
Let us promise a better future,
And a loftier!
Let us move away from lowly,
And approach exodus!
Let us turn to light!
And remove the doors from all houses,
And awaken a nation!
Let us do it!
Amil Imani is a poet, writer, literary translator, essayist,
novelist, and a political activist who speaks out for the struggling people of
his native land,
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