By INU Staff
INU- In 2018, extremism and fundamentalism are sadly still present in the world. One of the most notable examples of this is in Iran, a country ruled by a theocratic regime that seized power in 1979 and governs based on a bizarre interpretation of Shiite Islam. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There is a democratic alternative, led by Maryam Rajavi, that is more than capable of leading Iran and also shuns fundamentalism.
Maryam Rajavi explains that the ruling regime in Iran is not just dangerous because of their abuses of the Iranian people or their sponsorship of terrorism or their expansionist tendencies, but because they serve as an example for other fundamentalist groups to follow, including those who have become the source of terrorism and war in the Middle East and around the world.
Further, Maryam Rajavi points of that the emergence of fundamentalism is not a matter of the Middle East versus the West or Islam versus Christianity and Judaism or even Shiite versus Sunni. The conflict is instead between a freedom-loving democracy, which espouses equality for all, and the totalitarian dictatorship, which prizes subjugation, oppression, and misogyny.
Which brings us to the question: why do the fundamentalists in Iran hate women?
Maryam Rajavi said: “First because their backward nature has rendered them misogynous. And second, during the 1979 revolution in Iran as well as in social movements in other Middle East countries, the fundamentalist were challenged and are being challenged today with an immense yearning for freedom and equality, which pivots around women’s emancipation. For this reason, misogyny lies at the core fundamentalist mindset, which by suppressing women oppresses and intimidates society as a whole.”
Maryam Rajavi goes on to explain that fundamentalism is a “defensive reaction” to growing calls for freedom and equality and, because of this, it cannot withstand the people’s determination to achieve those ideals. Therefore, it can be defeated, but it requires a comprehensive solution and a cultural response.
The Regime invokes Islam to defend its fundamentalism, but democratic Islam is its undoing. Maryam Rajavi’s version of Islam recognizes freedom, promotes gender equality, defends equal rights, promotes respect for freedom of belief, and rejects compulsory religion.
Maryam Rajavi said: “ By underscoring this reality half a century ago, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran challenged Islamic fundamentalism.
Speaking about these two Islams, the Resistance’s Leader Massoud Rajavi said that one interpretation of Islam "is the harbinger of darkness while the other is the standard bearer of freedom, unity and emancipation. But the battle between these two, which is at the same time, a battle of destiny for the Iranian people and history, is one of the most important tests of contemporary humanity”.”
So, what is the solution to fundamentalism? Simply, overthrow the Iranian Regime, as this will not only benefit the Iranian people but the world at large, removing the blueprint for the fundamentalist dictatorship throughout the world.
Maryam Rajavi said: “The Iranian regime is the founding state for most of the atrocities and evil which fundamentalist groups have perpetrated and are perpetrating by using the mullahs’ rule as a role model… It was the mullahs’ regime which initiated terrorism under the banner of Islam.”