Monday, November 13, 2006
The Islamization of Iran: History & present day example
13 centuries ago (1370 years) a decisive battle took place that would be named the "Battle of Qadesiyeh". Dispatched to this battle-scene, by Sasanian Shahanshah ("King of Kings") Yazdgerd III, was Commander of the Imperial Iranian Armed Forces -Rostam Farokhzad- who gathered what is said to be 60,000 troops to the fringes of the desert south of the town "Hilla", present day Iraq, to face the Arabo-Muslim Army- which was advancing from its homeland in the Saudi Arabian deserts. By doing so he took the battle to the Arabs "own ground" - the desert environment; the decision by Shahanshah Yazdgerd III to send Commander Farokhzad to meet the Arabo-Muslim army at this location has been criticized by many. Despite reservations on the succes of such a campaign Commader Farokhzad obeyed his Commander-in-Chief's orders and was hell-bent on crushing the growing threat, to the Empire, of the vicious Bedouin tribes who where now savagely spreading their new-found faith -Islam- by the tip of their swords.
The Arabo-Muslim Army under the command of Sa'ad ibn Abi Waqqas (from the Arab Quraish tribe), was dispatched by the Caliph Omar, and consisted of some 36,000 men. The Iranian troops on the Command of the heroic Commander Farokhzad fough valiantly against this force, despite the harsh circumstance of the desert environment. The campaign was heading towards victory until the third day of war when the Arabs gained the upper hand. This was a historical defeat which would mark the end of the glory of the Persian Empire and the beginning of 291 years (from 637 A.D. to 928 A.D.) of Arabo-Muslim occupation. This savage occupation led to tens of thousands of Iranian being butchered by the Arabo-Muslim occupying forces, the destruction of centres of learning and enlightment - amongst the primary targets of the Arabo-Muslim army were LIBRARIES. The Arabo-Muslim Army burnt all the libraries existent in the Persian Empire to the ground justifying it by saying "everything which is needed to know is in the Koran" or "Taazinameh" as referred to by Iranians.
Iranians were given 3 choices by the occupational Arabo-Muslim force:
-Convert to Islam
-Continue practicing your religion but pay the price for it (heavy-tax and unbearable discrimination)
Many converted to save their lives; some could not stand the disgrace of following the ways of the Arab bedouins and their backward religion so they either paid the tax or fled the motherland; and many more died swearing never to recant their culture or beliefs.
The ensuing 300 years of Arabo-Muslim rule and extensive propaganda and drive for Islamization proved fatal for the Iranian Nation. Although Iranians were able to repel the Arabo-Muslim force from their homeland after 300 years the Islamization of society had taken such roots and that it stayed. Arabs got kicked out but Islam remained - Iranians' minds were to be enslaved by this backward ideology up until the coming of Reza Shah the Great and the establishing of the Pahlavi Dynasty (1925-1979).
This means that although the Arab occupation ended after 300 years - their detrimental ideology was able to pollute Iranian minds -unrestricted- for almost 1300 years. The coming of Reza Shah the Great ended the dominance of Islam and the Muslim clergy and restricted their powers severely. The muslim clergy had been in control of Iranian society ever since the day the Arab occupation ended. They were the ones with the real decision-making powers not the "Shah's" who were to follow. With the coming of Reza Shah they suffered a well-overdue defeat. Reza Shah was a patriot who had nothing but the betterment of his people and country. He set out to modernize Iran - and is today referred to as the father of modern Iran. His son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shahanshah Aryamehr, continued in his father's footsteps, although with less of an iron-fist like his father. Iran was on its way towards what the late Shah referred to as the "Golden Civilization". After almost 1400 years Iran was on its way to have fully freed itself from the left-over Arab ideology which had polluted Iranian society for far too long. There wasn't a direct campaign against Islam during the Pahlavi's as it would have been far too early for such a thing to take place but through his actions one could see the Reza Shah the Great was a not fan of this left-over Arab religion. Mohammad Reza Shah was less tough-handed than his father towards the Muslim clergy; but neither he held the Muslim clergy in great esteem. Despite this Iranians were no-where near close to be called or referred to as TRUE Muslims.
Then in 1979 disaster struck. Iran under the Pahlavi Dynasty was becoming far too strong for the liking of high-positioned politicians in Europe and America. Adding to this there was the Muslim clergy's push to regain its former power and the puppets/servants of the Soviet Union, in Iran, who sought to sell their motherland to the Soviets! A coalition between these two highly unlikely allies was formed which the late Shah of Iran referred to as the "Alliance of Red & Black" (Red symbolizing communism, and Black the Muslim Clergy/Islam).
An immense propaganda campaign ensued both from the "Alliance of Red & Black" but also from politicians in Europe and America! America who had been Iran's greatest ally since the establishment of the Pahlavi Dynasty and who had contributed a lot to the development of our country suddenly, with the coming to power of Jimmy Carter (D) , turned its back and began accusing the late Shah for gross human rights abuses! (these human rights abuses will be discussed and addressed by me in due time). The highly progressive and reformable government of Iran fell on a dark day in February when the embodiment of EVIL was flown to Iran from PARIS on a French sponsored Air France flight. Asked what his feelings where upon returning to Iran this embodiment of EVIL, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, answered "nothing".
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's origins explain his anti-Iranian stance and hatred for Iranian culture - he was by NO MEANS an Iranian. That he came from the Kashmir region of India is pretty much an undisputable fact but there's also a nice twist to it in that his father was an Englishman (India at that time still being a colony of "Her Majesty's Government"!) turned radical muslim!
So why, you might wonder, have I written all this? Well I felt that my readers needed to have the background before they watch this clip. This clip of a brainwashed Iranian boy. A clip of a brainwashed Iranian boy praising his ancestor's killers (the bedouin Arabs of that time) and mourning these killers' deaths! With the establishment of what I refer to as the 2nd Arabo-Muslim Occupation of Iran (1979-Present) a new Islamization campaing was launched by the Mullah's and their supporters so that the new generation of Iran would become brainwashed "soldiers of their cause". In fact a "cultural revolution" was launched by the mullah's a few years after their take-over of Iran in which IRANIAN CULTURE was attacked and described as PAGAN! There was a campaing to DEMOLISH historical sites such as Persepolis - the capital of Ancient Persia and the Iranian New Year (No-Rooz) was described as pagan and efforts where made to BAN it!
A quick note i'd like to make here is that Islamization has been an issue confronting Iranians ever since the Arabo-Muslim occupation, but in a sense the Iranian Nation was lucky NOT to fall prey for ARABIZATION, which the nations of Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria (for example) did. These nation's were not only Islamized but also Arabized. Their respective cultures were replaced with Arab culture. Their religious beliefs were replaced with the Arab - Islamic - faith/ideology/culture. Their language became the Arabic language. Their people became "Arabs"...
This clip (see below) is one of the successes of this Islamization campaign that the Islamic Republic aggressively pursues. However I cannot refer to an overall success of this campaign - in fact it backfired in many ways; especially amongst the middle class (established during the Pahlavi Dynasty) and the more well-to-do, but with 60% or so living in poverty inside Iran TODAY their minds are still constricted by much of what the clergy over a span of 1400 years has brainwashed them with.
Nevertheless, the origins of Islam and Islamic scripture (koran/taazinameh) have been put into the spotlight over these past 27 years that the Islamic Republic has been occupying Iran and MANY IRANIANS have come to see the savagery, backwardedness and especially ANTI-IRANIAN ideology which Islam embodies. There were only a few people during the Pahlavi Era who had started to question the validity of Islam, today though, in the "Information Age" that we are lucky to live in much more people have access to information regarding the origins of Islam and can easily make a judgement on this ideology. The majority of Iranians inside Iran, I can say 90+% of the population with confidence, are only "Muslim" by name and ABSOLUTELY NOT in practice. The mullah's know this figure and are hell-bent on their Islamization campaign and propaganda war.
With the overwhelming majority of the Iranian Nation in opposition to this barbaric Islamic regime it is our duty as free men and women, regardless of where we might come from, to defend the oppressed Iranian people and give them support in their fight against the Mullah's dictatorship and 1400 years of ideological tyranny.
To finish this post i'd like to post this very upsetting videoclip. A videoclip that is an insult to everything an Iranian would hold dear. A videoclip of a child which Iranians FAILED.
Link: CLICK HERE.