By Imam Tawhidi
Iran strives to maintain the image of being a protector of Minority Rights and specifically the rights of Shia Muslims, but it is struggling to preserve this reputation after the last national uprising.
The Iranian Regime was shaken by the nationwide uprising against the government in December 2017 and January 2018. Yet what shook them even more was the fact that not one Islamic Authority or Grand Ayatollah ordered their followers to cease protesting. Almost all had remained silent.
Silence can be interpreted as a sign of approval. Now that the Iranian regime knows Islamic Authorities within its holy cities no longer support its dictatorship-like theocracy, it has resorted to imposing its authority by force.
One of the leading voices against the Iranian regime is Ayatollah Hussain Shirazi, son of the Grand Ayatollah Sadiq Shirazi, who comes from a lineage that exceeds 150 years of Islamic leadership. After the killing and arrest of hundreds of innocent protesters, Ayatollah Hussain Shirazi recently delivered a powerful speech criticizing the Iranian regime and its theocracy, labelling its leader as a “Pharaoh”.
The Pharaoh is a condemned figure in the Quran. Muslims believe he assumed and claimed divine positions that he was never worthy of, oppressed all those who didn’t believe in his message, and spread corruption on the earth. When this analogy was broadcast on over 18 Islamic channels, alarm bells began sounding in the Capital city of Tehran.
Protests in Iran. File Photo.
As a result, Shirazi was recently abducted in the streets of Iran. Said Imam Saleh Sibaweh, the representative of the Shirazi Jurisdiction on Canada, describes the incident as follows:
“On Tuesday the 6th of March 2018, The Iranian Intelligence Services (Itila’aat) committed the public crime of kidnapping Ayatollah Hussain Shirazi in the Holy City of Qum, Iran. He was accompanying his father, The Grand Ayatollah Sayid Sadiq Shirazi to his home after delivering his morning lesson when three vehicles belonging to the Intelligence Authorities forced their vehicle to stop in an unsafe manner. They then forcefully assaulted Hussain Shirazi by dragging him out of his vehicle in an inhumane approach, causing him to collapse on the floor. Finally, they turned to The Grand Ayatollah Sadiq Shirazi and began threatening him, saying: “Your day shall come soon!”. Hussain Shirazi was then taken to an unknown place.”
This incident came after a series of arrests and interrogations by the Iranian regime against Hussain Shirazi, due to his public criticism of the regime and the executions it carries out in public and private.
Most Western governments are home to thousands of followers of The Shirazi Jurisdiction which is publicly critical of the Iranian regime as well as Hizbullah. This attack on their spiritual leadership can be seen as a violation of both human rights and the rights of religious minorities. Iraq, Kuwait and London have witnessed protests conducted by the students and followers of Shirazi.
There is a grave question mark over the legitimacy of the Iranian government: a government that claims to work in the interest of its own people.
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