By Pooya Stone
One of the pillars of the Iranian regime’s reign is its seminaries, which have acted over the past 41 years as propagators of the regime’s ideology. In these places, the regime’s clerics established the regime’s fundamentalist rules. Like dark and dreadful places in stories in which bad people plan conspirations, these clerics by forging Islamic rules ensure the role of the regime’s supreme leaders’ inevitable power.
But now it seems that everything is changing, and the sound of the regime’s demise can be heard in these places.
Jafar Montazeri, one the regime’s clerics and the regime’s Attorney General in 2018, about the situation on these places said: “In the city of Qom, some pseud-clerics in the form of organizations are holding meetings, and the subject of the meeting of these gentlemen is how to remove the issue of Velayat-e-Faqih from the constitution and the system.’
On 26 August Kazem Sedighi the prayer’s leader of Tehran, in the presence of the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei said: “The atheism virus, the political disbelief virus is far more dangerous than the coronavirus.” (State TV, 26 August)
The cleric Naser Rafi’i in the presence of Khamenei on 27 August said: “Some people in our clothes and the clothes of the clergy are saying bad things, sometimes like the same from overseas, and some of them are cleric students and some clerics. But friends who sometimes on the cyberspace in lectures and sometimes in our own clothes, disappoint people all the time, you are responsible to God.”
And on of the regime’s IRGC commanders, Mohammad Safar Harandi in an interview said: “Some in the war thought they have been cheated, others in the same period that we were fighting, were closing their burdens, and said, so let’s go and look for our own life. Some were hesitant about the legitimacy of those speeches.” (State-TV Channel 4, 28 August)
In an increasing fear of losing their influence another one of the regime’s main clerics Mohammad Ali Ale-Hashem said: “We must strengthen hope and vitality in Islamic Iranian society. Young people, in particular, should be hopeful about their future and their final task.” (State TV Sahand Channel, 28 August)
On this, Naser Rafi’I said: “Some people find their wages to create frustration, and this is very dangerous, they constantly point out our weaknesses. In Albania, some being paid to say these things, to lie and to disappoint the people.” He was pointing to the regime’s main opposition group PMOI/MEK which is now based in Albania.
Fearing the influence of the regime’s opposition group MEK the state-run website in an article warning the regime’s officials wrote: “Riots such as November and December 2019, which were commanded by the most hostile enemies of the holy system of the Islamic Republic. The same riots that, according to the wise leader of the revolution, those evildoers, in a small but evil and really ugly country (Albania) in Europe, gathered together against the Islamic Republic, they planned.”
He added: “In the society, a lot of words and hadiths with the theme of Rajavi’s sinister claims are transmitted mouth to mouth, but also within the structure of the system, some people willingly or unwillingly, consciously or unconsciously, but just like Rajavi’s claims are repeated and opposed to holding mourning ceremonies!
“And along with this warning, we hear that already pdf documents of Massoud Rajavi’s ‘World view’ (Tabiin Jahan) books circulate in theological seminaries and universities of the country and are shared by students.” (Nasim Kermanshah website, 21 August)
Fearing this situation, cleric Ahmad Alamolhoda on the key clerics and the prayer leader of Mashhad metropole, in a meeting with the ideological and political head of the police force, on 16 August said: “Muharram and Safar in these circumstances became the bases so that anti-Islam and counter-revolutionaries can make more conspirations and seditions. Imam (regime’s founder Khomeini) said that the armed forces should not interfere in the political currents, not be indifferent to the currents that harm the revolution and should have the motivation and opinion to defend the revolution.”