Would a free Iran be Islamic? Look to her artists!
Sheda Vasseghi May 17, 2011, 9:03 AM
The battle for retention of Iran’s
national identity, now in its 32nd year, has been clearly witnessed
by the global YouTube audience since the brutal 2009 crackdowns of
its civilians demanding a free, secular and democratic country.
The arrest, torture and murder of brave Iranian nationalists
standing up to this ethnic cleansing are not new. Unfortunately to
this endless list has now been added two famous, humanist and
nationalist Iranian poets, Mr. Mostafa Badkoobei and Ms. Hila
Sedighi, who were recently arrested by government agents. Their
crime: Daring to recite their artistic expressions in defending
Iranian nationality and against the regime’s enforcement of a
Defense of Iranian nationality against forced Arabization at the
hands of the clerics in Tehran and their mercenaries-for-hire is not
a sign of the Iranian people’s xenophobia as claimed by
agenda-driven political bloggers.
It is important to repeatedly note that the world’s first decree of
tolerance dating back to 6th century BCE was ordered by the father
of the Iranian nation, Cyrus the Great. He did not come up with the
idea on his own. He is the byproduct of a society and its core
values. Since then Iran has been the home to a multitude of
ethnicities and philosophies, not just Iranian and Zoroastrianism.
Artists are a reflection of a society. They provide intellectual
electricity. They are the cavalry of literature and culture. They
have courage and they speak of present, past and future. They
represent a society’s inner fears, insecurities, social issues,
political problems, joy, pride, glory, and aspirations.
Mr. Badkoobei and Ms. Sedighi base their art on current, gross and
continued human rights violations in Iran, boundless injustices
based on the regime’s medieval regression, and defense against
Artists speak on behalf of the silent majority, because as artists
they can do no other. They were chosen for this path. They are to
speak for those who cannot or will not. Their art will linger on the
human subconscious long after they are gone, because it is art not
ideology or philosophy that is humanity’s path to oneness and
Iranians have been battling ethnic genocide within their own borders
since the invasion of Islam in 7th century.
Unlike other invaders such as the Macedonians or Mongolians, Islam
recognizes only the Koran and the Arabic language. Further, this
philosophy rejects pre-Islamic history. Nothing existed or will
exist outside of this boundary. That is why everything along its
path has falsely been labeled “Islamic” even if it is secular and of
non-Arab origin. This is the reason Islamists (those who truly
adhere to its raw teachings) do not assimilate in communities where
Islamic laws do not prevail.
The regime in Iran cannot create a militant Islamic nation without
the use of an Arab Constitution and an Arab flag. With this
destructive strategy, the regime has ferociously endeavored to wipe
out the nation’s flag, history, language, and memories.
If Iranians dare to show their pre-Islamic, nationalist desires,
then the regime must silence them at all costs.
Prior to the 1979 bloody Islamic coup in Iran aided by domestic
communists and foreign oil-mongrels, artists did not really bother
with religion. But now that the nation has faced decades of
theocratic inhumanity, Iranians have and will continue to have many
Mr. Badkoobeis, who will write and recite creations fighting
Arabization in the name of Islam.
Call it what you may. If the right to self-defense is offensive or
insulting, then so be it! Iran will have many more Ms. Sedighis, who
will speak out against child executions and social abuses. This is
not prejudicial against Arabs as a people despite what some bloggers
are claiming as they cannot see their own humanity without warped
Islam as any other idea is subject to scrutiny and Free Will. But in
its teachings, conversion is a death sentence. Until the people in
the Iran are free to truly voice what philosophy they believe in and
how they wish to live without the fear of being stoned to death, the
statistics indicating Islam is a dominant philosophy in Iran should
be considered invalid.
It is doubtful, after having truly experienced raw political Islam
in the last 32 years, that majority of Iranians would still consider
themselves Muslims. When a free and secular Iran emerges very soon,
the world will see how quickly Iran will shed this incompatible and
incomprehensible foreign philosophy. Iran will finally be free as it
never stopped producing Badkoobeis and Sedighis. Iran and its
children will not kneel to Islamism or any other ideology!
Sheda Vasseghi is a member of the
Board of Azadegan Foundation and persepolis3d.com. She is a regular contributor
on Iran’s affairs.
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