Mina Ahadi – Secularist of the Year!

29 10 2007

Mina Ahadi,  an Iranian dissident was recently awarded Secularist of the year Award by UK’s National Secular Society. Secularism in a nutshell is an assertion or belief that religious issues should not be the basis of politics, and Ahadi has striven against the religious clergy in Iran. Ahadi is also member of the communist workers party in Iran, a devert from Islam and founding member of the committee of ex-Muslims. Her achievements for secularism primarily circle around personal vendetta against Islam based on her experiences in Iran and perhaps her affiliation with communism. Hence, she accurately fits in description of a circumstantial secularist, a proponent of secularism in countries like Iran, who would be greeted with open arms by the Western secularists. In fact, any anti-Islam element, be it an organisation or individual can reach fame these days by criticising Islam or its laws in the West, like the fraudster turned media whore Ayan al-Heresay and the likes.

The secularist West is not sparing a single stone unturned in its secular vision for the Middle-east and the Muslim World. Iran stands accused of fuelling the ‘deadly ideology’ as the West prepares to enforce its ‘peaceful’ Secular ideology by initiating a War on Iran. We have already seen and continue to watch the fruits of Secularism in Afghanistan, Iraq, and may have to brace ourselves to see Secularism in action as the case for war on Iran is concocted.

Our secularist of the year probably is an outcast in Iranian society and certainly does not represent the views of the masses. Although, she is unable to influence the masses in Iran through ideas alone due to serious lack of substance, she may win some sympathisers by glorifying her experiences or perhaps become an Iranian Secularist icon. That’s not so important, not as much as how a Secularist is awarded and an Islamist declared ‘evil’ when those distinguishing good from evil are the very Secularists on a mission to destroy the world.




12 responses

30 10 2007

I know her and kinds of her.. Usually Iranians are very political people. Yet even they are political, their view toward politics is very general. If you ask an Iranian about an event in Somalia or Bosnia or every other place in the world, they start to discuss with you. But They dont defend any spc direction, like communism, secularism, or bla bla. The mass as you said talk about politics as a general issue and they dont defend directions. Even left or right liberal political groups in Iran, dont have same meaning they have in the west. Both groups are based on Islam. But they have some little difference to condition of using it.

A review to history of Iran shows that Iranians never take their religion off, even if they lose part of their beliefs. Nobody can not make Islam and politics separated from each other and as we see, when it comes to be separated, it makes much problems. Makes people confused. It is a fact that even if muslims around the world, dont be practising, they never loose their religion completely. At the time, they have some traditions and beliefs. So when the political government tries to remove islam, mainstream of society dont defend the idea. Like Turkey..

Islam is completely a political religion. The only religion which had a political leader by its prophet, and nobody can isolate it just in mosques..

30 10 2007

Good entry like always. I noticed you stated she is affiliated with Communism which is also mentioned in the Wikepedia article on her. My questions is, can she be a Secularist when she doesn’t even believe in a religion? I thought you have to have a religion to divorce it from politics but keep it in private matters inside the home or chruch/mosque?

I remember a debate in my uni between someone from the Secular society and a Muslim which turned comical as the secularist man was re-defining secularism to be like atheism. He was attacking religion altogether and saying Tony Blair is not a secularist, he is a Christian.lol That explains why they awarded Mina Ahadi the secularist of the year and not Tony Blair because she denies and attacks Islam.

I agree with Shahrzad, and even thou most Muslims understand Islam to be five pillars which they concentrate on, no Muslim would accept to confine it to the mosque only unless they have a twisted communist views.

my 2 cents.

30 10 2007

People who are pimped in the West, and waved about like hero’s are rarely liked (or known) in the East. For good reason too.

30 10 2007

Sister Tia you make Secularism sound like Weapon of Mass Destruction. I also agree.

31 10 2007

AA- Tia,

Good post. First thing that came to my mind was Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace prize winner in 2003. Surely the two are inter-related when discussing the issue of western-imposed reform and the insincere attempts to glorify these individuals and their ideas…

Winning hearts and minds indeed…sheesh!

2 11 2007

Shahrzad how you have described the Iranian society, I think most Muslim countries are like that, even though Iran historically has had strong political views. You would probably know this better than me, do Iranian people take her seriously?

Hasmita a secular doesn’t have to have religion, they can be athiest and have this view on religion and politics, though its laughable to suggest Tony Blair isn’t a Secularist!

Sumera Pimp is a just about the right word to describe these associations, we have in the UK likes of Ed Hussain being pimped with TV appearences on anything remotely linked to Islam.

Brnaeem I think if they took the task of winning hearts and mind seriously with full participation of Muslim community and not only segments which bend backwards to fulfil thier agendas, there can be some positive changes. However, I have no doubts in my mind that there is no sincerity behind any of these calls except to impose western hegemony by any means necessary.

2 11 2007

Sincerely i dont think people even know her.. Even when Shirin Ebadi got the Noble Price, mainstream of people really didnt care.. For she has direction anyway.. She is Feminist.. She has said many times that religion is like opium for nations. You can get the point..
Mainstream of people run away directions. You can see it in political elections in Iran. Once they elect Khatami as an open minded left liberal religious person. And exactly next election, they elect Ahmadi Nejad, as a right radical religious person.
Mean they dont follow a stable direction, They look at persons..
Iranians are very political nation. Yet they are emotionally religious. Mean it happens some of them never say one rok’a prayer, yet they have some sensitive religious points.. That’s reality of Iranian society.. 😉

2 11 2007
Miss Specs

We, in Pakistan, are too busy having fun and enjoying life and giving a new meaning to the phrase ‘Live every day like it is the last.’ Therefore, we’re a real unaware nation (talking generally). What hurts is, this naivete is costing us a lot in terms of our deen and iman because whenever anyone like Mina Ahadi gets a prize, most Pakistani woman would just be happy someone ‘honored’ an Asian AND a WOMAN. When you guys talk about a woman being ‘secular’ and this and that, it really makes me sad to see how we are too shallow to even be THAT.

Anyhow, we have our own two-time-primeMinister-and-new-primeminister-hopeful Benazir Bhutto who keeps lots of security around her because her ‘modern ideas offend religious extremists’ blah blah. Secularism and Aethism have become every one’s claim to their place in the spotlight, as you said.

Well written.

3 11 2007

Shahrzad I think what you have described Iranian society is perhaps similar to UK society and their political views. Though I am not sure what the political motivation of people in Iran would be but here in the UK it is predominantly their self-interests.. which ordinarily dictates their so called political position.. and not one based on ideas.

Miss Specs I was thinking about what you said earlier whilst I heard about state of emergency being imposed on Pakistan. I switched to some of the Pakistani TV channels broadcasted here on Sky and guess what? Prime TV, PTV global and some others were carrying on with music/talks shows as if everything is normal in the country except for the 24hr news channel Geo (not that I can read the scroll or understand what they are saying) though I also heard on Al-jazeera that only official Government channel is being broadcasted in Pak atm.

3 11 2007

You know Tia, usually elections around the world are similar to each others. The mass view toward politics and bla bla is general. They dont take groups or bla bla. It happens this time they be fan of this group, next time fan of that group. I personally appreciate kind of voting. For people dont follow a group blindly!They have no commitment to spc group, so they vote freely..

Yet there is a big difference between Iran and UK.
In Iran you can no never predict who will be chosen in an election. Even statistics and kind of tests before election can not help you.

Not about election of Khatami, not about election of Ahmadi Nejad, even about revolution in Iran, if you peruse historical documents, you get the point i say here..
Emotionally religious = Unpredictable..

I personally love kind of atmosphere.. lots of exciting atmosphere during election encourage you to go to vote. You never believe how voters with different tips come and participate.. Religious, non religious, secular, communist, feminist, chadori hijab, mantou hijab, half hijab, half of half hijab lol.. Really interesting and amazing..

For ahmadi nejad election, it went to second round with Nejad and Rafsanjani. a night before the second round, i went to street to report the atmosphere. That night lots of youths were in the streets. Nejad Fans and Rafsanjani fans. They were discussing peacefully and wanted to convince each others. They discussed till tomorrow morning of the 2nd round and then went to vote.
I really enjoyed. The result was not totally important. The political sense really made me happy that for first time in my country, people started to talk without nonsense fighting!

4 11 2007

Shahrzad in Pakistan people take elections too seriously, start hating each other and it all gets physical! I think Iranians are more civilised in that sense.

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