|Speech in the International Conference of Arab-Muslim countries|
|Saturday, 04 August 2012 00:00|
Liberty, the divine light
Brothers and Sisters
At this conference on the occasion of Ramadan, I want to talk about freedom. Freedom is the glow of God and also the message of Islam and Prophet Mohammad.
But today, any talk about freedom, is decorated by warmest salutes to the brave people of Syria and its combatants who now lead an admirable struggle for freedom.
In the past 17 months, 20 thousand of our sisters and brothers in Syria have fallen. The crimes in that country have been extended to our Palestinian sisters and brothers for sometime and a large number of them have also been killed.
These sacrifices herald a strong message from the people in the Middle East that the time for dictators has come to its end.
Today the ruling theocratic fascism in Iran is utilizing all in its power, extending all types of aid such as arms, intelligence, financial and logistical to preserve Assad’s government. Many governments from east to west are either preparing plots against Syrian people or being silent and doing nothing.
Nevertheless, it is the Syrian people and their Liberation army that will lead this fight to freedom. It will be them who will create victory.
In the Name of Allah, The Compassionate, The Merciful
Ramadan is the month of self-restraint and freedom. It is the month of worship that aims to dignify humanity.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Khomeini started to crackdown on freedoms… Iran’s spring of freedom was soaked in blood. Every oppressive measure was taken under the name of Islam. Misuse of Islam to advance oppression and dictatorship was Khomeini’s worst misdeed. Iranians in their thousands have been the victims the regime crimes either in the domestic crackdown or in the war. But the bigger crime Khomeini and the mullahs committed was that they did all that under the name of Islam. They introduced Islam to the world as the means of imposing the most vicious dictatorship and suppression of freedom.
In the Islamic world, Arabs and Iranians all seek freedom. People call for freedom and reject dictatorships.
They all ask what Islam says about freedom? Is Islam a thriving force for freedom or is it an obstacle standing against it?
The conduct of Khomeini, his successor and the fundamentalists that have gained influence in many places in the Islamic world, have nothing to do with Islam. I want to present our own experience; the confrontation of the Muslim Mojahedin (PMOI) with a regime that calls itself Islamic. As the time passed, this face off became tougher. Now thirty-three years has passed and still the main opposition to this regime, are the Muslim Mojahedin; those living in Ashraf and Liberty.
This is what Massoud Rajavi told Khomeini, in their first and last meeting. And in the same meeting, he quoted Quran and the letter of Shiite first Imam, Ali to Malik Ashtar, about freedom. His reliance on Quran and Imam Ali’s letter forced Khomeini to confess that in “Islam respects freedom”; a phrase from Khomeini that was quoted as headlines by Iranian newspapers the following day.
Imam Ali wrote to Malik Ashtar, “Open your heart to your people and be kind to them and never be aggressive and violent to them. That is because they are either your religious brothers or you equals in creation and humanity…”
But Khomeini believed that in order to preserve his regime under the disguise of Islam, suppression of opponents, discrimination, lying and deception would be ok and even necessary.
Massoud Rajavi had no other guilt but rejecting Khomeini’s religious dictatorship and renouncing it loudly to be against Islam and its emancipating teachings. Massoud Rajavi never agreed to accept Khomeini’s Supreme Leadership instead of popular sovereignty and their vote.
He believed that demarcation and imposing discrimination on basis of religion is not correct. Mojahedin say that sovereignty belongs to the people not the mullahs. Freedom of expression and association of those thinking otherwise is their right and Islam defends this right.
One year after the revolution in Iran, when there were a lot of discussions about the new constitution, just as there is now discussion in many Arab countries going through the Arab Spring, then we did not vote for the velayat-e faqih principle (absolute rule of clergy). Because, it undermines popular sovereignty. Velayat-e faqih, before anything, is against genuine Islam. It indeed ignores people’s right to self-determination.
Under the name of Islam, one cannot eliminate people’s suffrage and participation in the running of the country.
But Khomeini based his rule, under the disguise of Islam, on velayat-e faqih and religious dictatorship.
It is clear instruction of Khomeini, documented in his published speeches, that to save Islam (meaning his own rule) lying, drinking alcohol and spying are necessary and allowed.
Dear sisters and brothers,
Indeed, this is the most significant demarcation between the true Islam and fundamentalist interpretation of Islam. On one side there is a so called Islam that defends tyranny and aggression, and on the other side we have an Islam that opposes despotism. Islam is the religion of freedom. Our God is the God of freedom.
In monotheistic anthropology, humankind is recognized as having intelligence and being free. He or she is free to elect and to be elected.
Freedom is the essence and the message of Islam. Therefore, whatever that contradicts freedom and is based on compulsion and ignorance cannot be defined as Islam.
We say that believing in Islam or practicing Islam must be based on free will not compulsion. No religion can be imposed upon people, This is an issue related to the heart and deep belief of one.
Everyone is free to choose her/his religion. There is a verse in Quran in its Baqarah sura (chapter) that says: There is no compulsion in religion.
In another verse in Quran in Younis chapter the God has been quoted as telling Prophet Mohammad: If it was the will of God, all mankind on earth would have faith, so, are you going to force people to have faith?
In chapter Hood, Quran says: Noah told his people, while you disrespect the logic of God, how can I oblige you to follow him?
Yes indeed, monotheism and Islam are intertwined with freedom of humankind and their right to free choice.
Anything that is against freedom is rejected by Islam. Religion and worship cannot be imposed.
Thus, Quran never says to punish those who have no religion.
Therefore, we consider Jesus as our messenger and we do not distinguish path of Moses from that of Muhammad.
True Islam defends popular suffrage as the basis for political legitimacy. Quran even tells Prophet Muhammad to:
Islam also defends freedom of speech including the rights of people to criticize and oppose the ruler.
Ali, the first Shiite Imam, wrote to Malik Ashtar, Governor of Egypt at the time, on freedom of belief. He said: The closest aides to you must be those who criticize you more and praise you less… Spend some of your time with those in need and allow them take part in public meetings. Treat them courteously and prohibit the guards from obstructing them to express themselves without any fear… I heard from the Prophet repeatedly saying that a society will never be clean and healthy if the weak people could not achieve their rights from the rulers without any fear or worry.
Indeed, this is the core of the issue.
Let people talk without any fear.
Let the oppressed spell out what they want to say.
Let the deprived and those enchained to speak.
Ladies and gentlemen
Islam is the source of perseverance for our movement against the most brutal dictatorship in today’s world. It advocates freedom and therefore, in the contemporary history of Iran two completely contradictory Islam lined up against one another.
On the one hand, we have a deceitful and reactionary Islam, the one that defends tyranny and cruelty.
But, on the other hand, we have an Islam that stands for justice and unity, the one that encourages compassion and freedom.
Against the reactionary principle of Velayat-e Faqih (absolute rule of clergy), we have been advocating a democratic Islam that recognizes popular sovereignty as the highest right of people.
In contrast to war mongering, export of terrorism and fundamentalism under the name of Islam, we follow the teachings of an Islam that advocates peace, friendship and brotherhood among the nations.
In contrast to mullahs’ misogyny, we advocate the kind of Islam that considers establishment of equality between men and women as its task. This is the Islam that relies on equality of men and women and emancipation of women. Thousands of women in Ashraf and Liberty are outstanding symbols of this belief.
In contrast to mullahs’ Shariat that wants to rule based on regulations set out 1400 years ago, we believe in dynamism of Quran and Islam. Quran rejects rigid dogmatism in social and economic life. And instead, it offers as a method for implementation of Quranic principles based on economic, social and political situation at the time. It even goes as far as stating clearly that some of the verses of Quran annul and replace some others descended in a different situation at a different time.
It is very clear that there are two entirely different interpretations of Islam contradicting one another.
The compassionate message of Islam is respect for human rights, forgiveness and openness and the ultimate respect for individual and social freedoms.
Therefore, I have repeatedly stated this and wish to repeat again that, the objective of this movement has never been and is not to seize power for any cost. Our objective is to guarantee freedom and democracy for any cost and as we have repeatedly stated it will suffice if we could have the chance to visit the grave yard of our martyrs in Tehran’s Khavaran cemetery.
Our goal is to achieve freedom, equality and people’s right to vote. Our aim is to establish a republic based on separation of church and state where followers of all religions enjoy equal rights and our program can be summarized in three words: Freedom, democracy and equality.
Ladies and gentlemen,
The true followers of Islam, in Ashraf and Liberty, are resisting against the worst enemy of Islam and Quran. They are the ones who have risen and been resisting and are the vanguards of struggle for freedom.
They are the ones who have remained faithful to their commitment to God.
The freedom seeking Mojahedin, have demonstrated true Islam in their practices, in their honesty, in purity of their human relationship, in their respect for freedom and equality, in their pursuit of Prophet Muhammad’s manners, in their humbleness and away from selfishness, in their affability, forgiveness and good deeds, and in their solidarity with fellow human beings.
It is over three and half years that the Mujahedin in Ashraf and Liberty are being harassed and facing aggressions under the most inhumane siege.
And finally, I call on all Muslims to come to the aide of their sisters and brothers in Ashraf and Liberty.
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Dear friends of Iranian resistance,
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