In the name of God, the All-Merciful, the Merciful.
God bless Muḥammad and his pure progeny and curse their enemies. Our Lord, hasten the appearance of our Savior and count us among his followers.
,,Verily, the curse of God comes upon the unjust.” [11:18]
Recently I came across a book by Sheikh Cyrous where he told about his torturous imprisonment in Iranian prison. He was accused of spying because of baseless allegations: “he was speaking in Canada against the Wilayat ul Faqih ,,system.” Well, lets be honest, not a “legitimate” imprisonment. Cyrous also reported on the torture he faced firsthand in prison. Apart from having to endure a lot physically, he suffered trauma due to the disturbing images and pain inflicted.
Many people alleged that the story Cyrous had written was a lie, based on his hatred of Iran. But he responded to these allegations by saying: ,,Because all of those who say that it is an exaggeration to criticize the Iranian system are not even Iranian citizens and have not lived in Iran. I criticize the overuse of the name “Islamic Government of Iran” while the country is acting against what Islam says: – No language other than Farsi is allowed to be taught in school (not even Arabic in Arab regions). – Physical punishment (beatings and threats of killing or rape) and forced confessions are usually systemic in any interrogation. – Imprisonment of scholars and maraji who criticize the government or question Wilayat ul Faqih. – Funding of anti-Shia groups (such as Hamas, Armenians, Shah Masud, Taliban…). I do not hate Iran. My parents are Iranian and Iran is a part of our daily lives because of its food, culture, language and religion, however it is completely normal for Iranian citizens to question the system and management of their country. I do not have to prove how much I love Iran and everything from Iran. I did not expect to be tortured just on the suspicion and then to be released when the authorities realized that I was not a spy or an enemy. In fact, Khamenei supporters do not even love Iran or know its sophisticated culture and political landscape; they seem to use only use the name of Khamenei and the political agenda of Iran as a tool to hate the West or Israel without even caring about the living conditions of Shiites and complicated problems in the country.”
Is it not permissible today to have a different opinion or to question certain views? Why is it difficult for Iran to run an “Islamic state” without people feeling humiliated or oppressed? Without them feeling unjustly treated or humiliated? Clearly, a simple man cannot lead a country Islamically. Only one from the house of the Prophet, peace be upon them, can do so.
He cannot judge between right and wrong in Islamic terms because, on the one hand, he is not authorized and on the other hand, he is not capable of doing so.
The only one who is capable, is the one who is infallible, who does not make mistakes in his judgments.
The story of Cyrou clearly proves this. They had suspicions and tortured him until they found out they were wrong. He also had to make a confession, that was not true so that the judiciary in Iran would not have to admit to torturing an innocent man. Such a thing would never have happened to an imam or prophet.
And since when do we torture our brothers and sisters in faith? And since when do we abuse the psyche of a human being to such an extent? Since when are we allowed to physically harm a human being? How can you be at peace with yourselves and support such a government?
Cyrous also reported on his psychological situation after imprisonment: ,,It was hard at first. Sometimes I would wake up in the middle of the night and think I was still in solidarity detention. Or a smell of cologne on the street that might resemble one of the interrogators would stress me out. I healed lonely with dua and cried for Husain (a.).”
And my meetings with other Shia brothers, who were also tortured by the Iranian government, somehow helped me to understand the Khumaini system better. Reading about the pain of the infallible Imams (a.) at the hands of the Umayyad “Islamic government” and meeting Shiite scholars who suffered worse torture than I did are an important reason to thank Allah for not having more. I was lucky because I have a French passport. The Iranian intelligence services did not torture me the way they would Iranians or Iraqis. It made me stronger and opened my eyes. Otherwise, I probably would have remained a batri or blindly follow what Khamenei would say.”
Isma’il ibn Bazi’ reported that Imam As-Sadiq (a.) said: ,,Cursed be the one, who took up the leadership, cursed be the one, who sought it and cursed be the one, who called himself by it.” [Al-Kafi of Al-Kulaini, volume 2, page 298, hadith 4]
عنه عن محمد بن إسماعيل بن بزيع وغيره رفعوه عن الإمام الصادق عليه السلام قال: ملعون من ترأس، ملعون من هم بها، ملعون من حدث بها نفسه
Hasan ibn Ali reported, that Prophet Muhammad (s) said: ,,Whoever acquired knowledge in order to quarrel with fools through it, or to boast about it among the knowledgeable, or to attract the attention of people so that they consider him a great personality, let him take his place in the Fire. No leadership is good except that of God and of those who are legitimized for it and whoever claimed a position, that God did not give him, he has incurred the wrath of God and whoever called to himself and said: ﴾I am your leader.﴿ But while he is not, God does not even honor him with a glance, until he retracts what he has said and repents to God, from what he has claimed.” [Tuhaf-ul-Uqul of Al-Harrani, page 43 – 44]
عن الحسن بن علي عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله قال: إن من تعلم العلم ليماري به السفهاء أو يباهي به العلماء أو يصرف وجوه الناس إليه ليعظموه فليتبوء مقعده من النار، فإن الرئاسة لا تصلح إلا لله ولاهلها. ومن وضع نفسه في غير الموضع الذي وضعه الله فيه مقته الله ومن دعا إلى نفسه، فقال: أنا رئيسكم وليس هو كذلك لم ينظر الله إليه حتى يرجع عما قال ويتوب إلى الله مما ادعى
Abd-us-Salam Ibn Salih reported that Imam Ar-Rida (a.) said: ,,God have mercy on the servant who enlivens our cause.” Then I said to him: ,,How does he enliven your cause?” Whereupon he said: ,,He acquires our knowledge and teaches it to the people. Now if the people would know of the beauty of our word, they would follow us.” I said: ,,O son of the Messenger of God, now we have been told by Abu Abdillah (Ja’far As-Sadiq) that he said: ﴾Whoever acquires knowledge, in order to quarrel with the fools through it, or to boast about it to the knowledgeable, or to attract the attention of the people, he is in the Fire.﴿” Whereupon he said: ,,My grandfather (a.) is right. Do you then know who the fools are?” I said: ,,No, O son of the Messenger of God.” He said: ,,It is those of our opponents, who narrate a lot and do you know who the knowledgeable are?” I said: ,,No, o son of the Messenger of God.” He said: ,,They are the knowledgeable of the family of Muhammad, to whom God obligated the obedience and to whom He imposed the love.” Hereupon he said: ,,Do you know, what is meant by his saying: ﴾Or to attract the attention of people?﴿” I said: ,,No.” He said: ,,By God, by this is meant claiming leadership (Imamah), without being legitimized to do so and whoever did so, is in the Fire.” [Al-Bihar of Al-Majlisi, Volume 2, Page 30, Hadith 13]
محمد بن علي بن الحسين عن ابن عبدوس، عن ابن قتيبة، عن حمدان بن سليمان عن عبد السلام بن صالح عن الإمام الرضا عليه السلام قال: رحم الله عبد أحيا أمرنا فقلت له: وكيف يحيي أمركم؟ قال: يتعلم علومنا ويعلمها الناس، فإن الناس لو علموا محاسن كلامنا لاتبعونا، قال: قلت يا ابن رسول الله فقد روي لنا عن أبي عبد الله عليه السلام أنه قال: من تعلم علما ليماري به السفهاء، أو يباهي به العلماء، أو ليقبل بوجوه الناس إليه فهو في النار. فقال عليه السلام: صدق جدي عليه السلام أفتدري من السفهاء؟ فقلت: لا يا ابن رسول الله، قال: هم قصاص مخالفينا، وتدري من العلماء؟ فقلت: لا يا ابن رسول الله، فقال: هم علماء آل محمد عليهم السلام الذين فرض الله طاعتهم وأوجب مودتهم، ثم قال: وتدري ما معنى قوله: أو ليقبل بوجوه الناس إليه؟ قلت: لا، قال: يعني والله بذلك ادعاء الإمامة بغير حقها، ومن فعل ذلك فهو في النار
Khamenei will never manage to rule a country Islamically, without injustice, because he is a ordinary man, who overflows with arrogance and does not belong to the infallible. He tortures people unjustly and has his hands kissed, although it is only appropriate for the infallible. He manipulates people in his favor and dominates the people. He deprives them of any right to be human. He scares people away from the religion of God and is surprised about traitors to the country?! Well, it is obvious… even I as a loyal creature of God would have escaped from this fool and would have betrayed the country. What country are we betraying, in order to seek refuge? The country ruled by the one chosen by God or by the self-appointed imam of the time?
Iran is not a standard for proving faithfulness to our religion, but abandoning this ruthless regime is the true faithfulness to God and the Ahlulbait, peace upon them. For only he, the true Imam of the time, Imam Mahdi, the chosen one of God, peace upon him, deserves the leadership usurped by Khamenei, who thus follows in the footsteps of those, who disputed it from Imam Ali, peace upon him.
Hafs Ibn Ghiyath reported, that he asked Imam As-Sadiq (a.): ,,To who belongs the right, to execute the punishment for transgressions (Hudud)? The ruler or the judge?” He said: ,,The execution of the punishment for transgressions (hudud) belongs to those, to whom the judgment belongs.” [Wasa’il-ush-Shi’ah of Al-Amili, Volume 18 page 338 Hadith 1]
محمد بن علي بن الحسين باسناده عن سليمان بن داود المنقري، عن حفص بن غياث قال: سألت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام من يقيم الحدود؟ السلطان؟ أو القاضي؟ فقال: إقامة الحدود إلى من إليه الحكم
Sulaiman ibn Khalid reported, that Imam As-Sadiq (a.) said: ,,Beware of the judgment, for the judgment belongs only to the Imam who is knowledgeable about the judgment, who is just among the Muslims: a Prophet or the authorized (Wasi) of a Prophet.” [Al-Kafi of Al-Kulaini, Volume 7 page 260 Hadith 1]
عن محمد بن يعقوب عن عدة من أصحابه عن سهل بن زياد عن محمد بن عيسى عن أبي عبد الله المؤمن عن ابن مسكان عن سليمان بن خالد عن الإمام الصادق عليه السلام قال: اتقوا الحكومة فإن الحكومة إنما هي للامام العالم بالقضاء العادل في المسلمين لنبي أو وصى نبي
Nu’man Ibn Muhammad reported that Imam Ali (a.) said: ,,There is no valid judgment and punishment for transgression (hudud) and no Friday prayer, except with a just Imam.” [Mustadrak-ul-Wasa’il of An-Nuri, Volume 16 Page 13]
عن حسين بن محمد عن نعمان بن محمد عن علي عليه السلام قال: لا يصلح الحكم ولا الحدود ولا الجمعة إلا بإمام عدل
Al-Husain (a.) reported, that Imam Ali (a.) said: ,,There is no legitimate judgment and punishment for transgression (Hudud) and no Friday prayer, except with an Imam.” [Mustadrak-ul-Wasa’il of An-Nuri, Volume 16 Page 13]
الجعفريات أخبرنا محمد, حدثني موسى حدثنا أبي, عن أبيه عن جده جعفر بن محمد عن أبيه عن جده علي بن الحسين عن أبيه عن علي عليه السلام قال: لا يصح الحكم ولا الحدود ولا الجمعة إلا بإمام
Nu’man Ibn Muhammad reported, that Imam Ali (a.) said: ,,There is no valid judgment and punishment for transgression (Hudud) and no Friday prayer, except with the Imam or with the one, whom the Imam sets up.” [Fiqh-us-Sadiq of Ar-Ruhani, Volume 5 page 168]
عن محمد صادق الروحاني عن النعمان بن محمد عن علي عليه السلام قال: لا يصلح الحكم ولا الحدود ولا الجمعة إلا للإمام أو من يقيمه الإمام
Aban Ibn Taghlib reported, that Imam As-Sadiq (a.) said: ,,Two kinds of blood, which God permitted in Islam, may not be shed by the judgment of anyone, until God sends the Riser (Qa’im) of the people of the House (a.). When God sends the Riser (Qa’im) of the people of the House (a.), then He judges regarding them with the judgment of God. To those, who are chaste and commit fornication, he executes the stoning and to those, who refuse to pay the alms (Zakah), he hits on them on their necks.” [Kamal-ud-Din of As-Saduq, page 671 Hadith 21]
حدثنا محمد بن الحسن بن أحمد بن الوليد رضي الله عنه قال: حدثنا محمد ابن الحسن الصفار، عن يعقوب بن يزيد، عن محمد بن أبي عمير، عن أبان بن عثمان عن أبان بن تغلب قال: قال أبو عبد الله عليه السلام: دمان في الاسلام حلال من الله عز وجل لا يقضي فيهما أحد بحكم الله حتى يبعث الله عز وجل القائم من أهل البيت عليهم السلام، فيحكم فيهما بحكم الله عز وجل لا يريد على ذلك بينة: الزاني المحصن يرجمه، ومانع الزكاة يضرب رقبته
Politics is a dirty business. Even if he wanted to, he would not be able to govern Islamically at all, because politics is constantly changing and in order to secure power, religion must be distorted accordingly, otherwise he cannot remain in power. His governing strategy is not compatible with Islam. He cannot distinguish who is right or wrong.
The reason why I explicitly criticize “only” the Iranian regime is that it judges and rules in the name of God, which is not their right and is completely unfit for it as a ordinary human being.
Now let’s look at this in purely human terms. How can we grant or award such a man the title of Ayatollah at all. Love him morbidly and want to kiss his hands. Accept his doctrine, most of which is not compatible with the doctrine of the Ahlulbait, peace be upon them. He tortures people and mistreats them as Umar mistreated people at that time Thousands of people owe traumas to him because of the cruel events that take place.
Open your eyes!
This is pure reality. Wake up. In the hiddenness of the Imam, we must not appoint a leader over the heads of everyone else. For leadership belongs only to the Ahlulbait, peace upon them. And then also a ruthless, cold-blooded murderer and propagandist who thinks he is an Imam for all Muslims… and creates his own religion.
God has endowed us with a mind with which to think and analyze. Remember, he will not vouch for your sins.
From Sad bin Abdullah Al-Qummi, from Al-Hujjah Al-Qaim (s.a.) in a long tradition wherein it says: I said: ,,Tell me, o son of my Lord, about the reason why people are forbidden to choose a leader for themselves?” He said: ,,A savior or a maker of mischief?” I said: ,,A savior.” He said: ,,Is it possible, that they choose a mischief-maker, after which no one knows, what the other has in mind in terms of salvation or mischief?” I said: ,,Yes, it is.” He said: ,,That is the reason.” [Nur Al-Thaqalayn, Volume 2, pahe 76]
في كتاب كمال الدين وتمام النعمة باسناده إلى سعد بن عبد الله القمي عن الحجة القائم عليه السلام حديث طويل وفيه: قلت: فأخبرني يا بن مولاي عن العلة التي تمنع القوم من اختيار الإمام لأنفسهم؟ قال: مصلح أم مفسد؟ قلت: مصلح قال: فهل يجوز ان تقع خيرتهم على المفسد بعد ان لا يعلم أحد ما يخطر ببال غيره من صلاح أو فساد قلت: بلى قال: فهي العلة
Imam Sadiq (a.s.) says: ,,Whoever intimidates a believer with the ruler, to get something from him against his will, whereupon he does not get it, he is in the Fire and whoever intimidates a believer with the ruler, to get something from him against his will, whereupon he gets it, he is in the Fire along with Pharaoh and the family of Pharaoh.” [al-Bihar, 72/149]
من روع مؤمنا بسلطان ليصيب منه مكروها فلم يصبه، فهو في النار، ومن روع مؤمنا بسلطان ليصيب منه مكروها فأصابه فهو مع فرعون وآل فرعون في النار
Bashir reported, that Imam As-Sadiq (a.) said: ,,You, by God, belong to the religion of God.” Then he read: ﴾On that day We will call every group with their leader.﴿ (17:71) Then he said: ,,Ali (a.) is our leader and the Messenger of God (s.) is our leader. How many times does a leader arrive on the Day of Resurrection, while he curses his followers and they curse him? And we are the progeny of Muhammad (s.) and our mother is Fatimah (a.).” [Bihar-ul-Anwar of Al-Majlisi, Volume 8, Page 13, Hadith 11]
بشير عن جعفر بن محمد الصادق عليه السلام قال: أنتم والله على دين الله ثم تلا يوم ندعو كل أناس بإمامهم ثم قال: علي إمامنا ورسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله إمامنا كم من إمام يجئ يوم القيامة يلعن أصحابه ويلعنونه ونحن ذرية محمد وامنا فاطمة صلوات الله عليهم