Representational image (Credit : Iran International)
Tehran (Iran) – Maulana Mohammad Abolghassem Doulabi voiced concern about the alarming situation and stated that the statistics represent a troubling admission for a country based on Islamic beliefs. He said that out of the 75,000 mosques in the country, 50,000 have been shut down, reflecting a decline in the number of people who are religious.
Doulabi, who is also a member of the Assembly of Experts – a deliberative body empowered to appoint the Supreme Leader – said the outcome of religion in Iran has led to people leaving religion.
Emphasising the weakening of religiosity among society and in turn, a weakening legitimacy of a government ruling by religious diktat, he said: “When people look at the output of the religion, they decide to enter the religion or leave the religion,” with reasons including “the humiliation of people in the name of religion,” “falsification of religious concepts and teachings,” and “depriving people of a decent life and creating poverty in the name of religion.”
People are kept away from prosperity and made poor in the name of Islam !
A mosque in Iran (Credit : OpIndia)
He made the remarks as growing numbers of Iranians of all ages are becoming weary of the regime’s justification of Islam as the base of its brutal dictatorship, reflected by months of violent protest since September in the wake of the death in morality policy custody of Mahsa Amini, arrested for the inappropriate use of her hijab.
Maulana Daulabi said that people are also being humiliated in the name of religion. When the consequences of a religion are discussed, people decide to leave or accept that religion on that basis. There is a feeling in the minds of many that the rulers of Iran are inhumane and the basis of their dictatorship is Islam.
When people use their conscience, there is no doubt that the same condition will arise all over the world !