The Blogging Mullah

Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a Mullah educated in Qom seminaries, and the Chief Secretary of the ex-President Mr. Khatami’s office, has been blogging in Persian and English for quite a while now. In spite of his being a Mullah, his open-mindedness and moderate view of Islam is representative of the the kind of ideas that have found a place even in the most religious circles in Iran after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, and prevailing during Mr. Khatami’s time as president. Is a recent post he complains about the black-and-white picture that is promoted in the Iranian society, asking for tolerance and respect with regards to other people:

Some people when come across ladies who do not have complete Hejab or a young man who is fashionable behave in a way as if they wereall corrupt people and are not following moral virtues without knowing what family background they are coming from. Many of them might have a very honest life and good behavior. Unfortunately many Iranians have such illogical and unrealistic attitude. On the other hand, there are many people who frown and sometimes insult when they see a clergyman or a person with religious appearance in the street without knowing what personal, scientific and political features he has. This is a social disease. Our country has been damaged a lot for having the dichotomy of black- while look. Can the next generation under the influence of global communications act like the other parts of the world and have a grey look to society?

Seems like Mr. Abtahi is giving some people too much credit!

Check out his blog in English.

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