Saturday, October 11, 2003


Tehran is completely decorated for tomorrow, it will be a religious holiday and everybody celebrate it.... and what is the story of this festival?... tomorrow is the birthday of "Lord of the age" (imam zaman)


As you know,.. two great groups of muslims are shia and sunnite,.. more than 90% of iranian people are shia,..

shia believe that there had been 12 imams after the prophet Mohammed,(his grand sons) and they also believe that the 12th imam never died, he has been living since 1400 years ago till now! and one day he will finally come and will fight with all muslims enemies and will start a 100% justuice government!...

(tomorrow is his birthday ...) the story doesn't finish here... it continues and says that this man (who is called "imam zaman") will govern on the whole earth for a while, and after that he will be martyred by an old woman...! there are lots of more details in this story, such as exact number of his friends when he starts to revolt, the characteristics of his enemies, even the exact city in which the old woman (his murderer) will be born...!!

thinking about this story carefully, even a child can find out that this fable was made by a nation who has alway been involved with oppressor governments and kings during the history, It's obvious that some people made such story and others, add more details to it,...

Up to now, everything is ok,.. all nations have their own fables which are inherited to them from past generations, people like to tell these stories to their children and in fact it can be a positive gift from our ancestor... but what shocks me is the way iranian people face their fables, specialy when they are religious,...


they (in fact i should say"we") have deep belief in these stories... right now, there is a mosque in iran (Jamkaran) which is famous because people say that our lovely " imam zaman " goes there allot! thousands of people go there to pilgrimage,... they even believe that there is a pit over there that if you throw your letter into it, "imam zaman" will pick it and read it....

when you read these lines, perhaps you think there should be a few people who believe these things ,but, nope!.. even in the scientific company i work with in my free times, there are many intelligent engineers who are educated in best universities and they have high degrees... they are used to pilgrimage this mosque each 1 or 2 months, all together,...! and many times they invited me to go with them , and i always had to find and excuse, because if i look into their eyes and say that i do not believe in such superstition, then i guess i will be shoot out from the company for ever...

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