Human rights have no place in Islam


Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi who is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s religious advisor (like he needs one) and member of the regime’s Assembly of Experts said in a speech: ‘human rights and the rights of citizenship have no place in Islam.’

He added that there is no room for freedom of speech and thought in Islam; Muslims and those who convert to Islam must only adhere to the opinions of the leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran and that ‘until a person has converted to Islam, he is free — but democracy and human rights have no meaning within Islam. Everything must be under the surveillance of the government, even the way people dress. And if some people say otherwise, they don’t know Islam.’

Well, isn’t that what I’ve been saying all along?

Of course the ‘International Organization to preserve Human Rights in Iran’ rejects Mesbah’s claims not because (as one would imagine) they want to defend rights but because they want to defend Islam.  They say his speech contradicts the teachings of the Koran, which is ‘based on the high value of each human being’.

Really?

Yes most definitely very highly valued – as long as the human being is not a woman, gay, socialist, freethinker, apostate, secularist, political dissident, labour activist, campaigner, unveiled, religious or ethnic minority, atheist, ex-Muslim, and only if the human being in question does not listen to music, sing, mix with the opposite sex, laugh out loud, think or breath…

Comments

  1. says

    I think a cheap, mass produced version of Orwell’s ‘1984’ needs to be smuggled in and distributed throughout the republic so that people can point and laugh at this idiot for suggesting that his religion is double plus good and so much better than freedom and thinking. I shudder to think of the chains of ignorance binding people that agree with this kind of retrogress.

    I really hope that a daily growing number of your former country folk have your sense of how wrong this kind of thinking is, Maryam. I hope that there’s a simmering anger in them wanting and waiting for the right time to dispose of this medieval kind of thinking, mired in obeisance and servitude to the most unworthy of ideals. You have my boundless admiration for being the consummate fighter on behalf of far, far too many oppressed people in this world.

    May their own minds free them as soon as nature allows.

  2. says

    Well, isn’t that what I’ve been saying all along?

    Ah, yes Maryam, but when he says it he is making a calm statement about the norms of his culture; however when you say it you are a racist Islomophobic bigot.

  3. Martyn N Hughes says

    You failed to mention one thing that would be quite helpful to your readers: the best lubricant to use when pulling the stick out of Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi’s pretentious arse!

    • Gregory in Seattle says

      The irony being that the “patriotic Americans” protesting Ramadan almost certainly look forward to the day when the United States submits to Canon Law and the narrow theocratic interpretations of Christian “holy men.”

      “Cognitive dissonance” doesn’t even begin to describe.

  4. Noushad k says

    Firstly let me say, Thing that is written here by taslimanasree is complitly wrong.
    I understood that She has’t even little bit of knowledge about islam.i say learn it first.
    Let me say onemore thing that islam only promot or has been promoting “peace”..
    YOU CAN’T RUINE ISLAM BECAUS ISLAM IS GOD’S OWN RELIGIOM…remember

    • Punit says

      If human being is ‘intelligent’,then why they killin in the name of ‘god’.its like killing people because they dont agree with my belief that batman is better than superman,haha.

    • says

      The question of ruining Islam is not pertinent. If political Isalamism carries on the way it does now it will eventually destroy itself. The important question is: Will it bring pain death and suffering to millions of others as it does so? To stand by in silence as political Islam carries out its crimes in the name of its stupid prophet and its idiotic holy books is at at the least moral cowardice and at worst complicity.

  5. says

    I congratulate Maryam Namazie for being willing to mention the suffering and mass murder of the Sharia Islamic Regime of Iran after it took over from the Shah who while corrupt was too soft to contain them! They are still doing these brutalities today with their stonings, etc!
    Fact is Ahmadinejad’s Mufti, Mohammad Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi is no joke as he has real influence and has helped kill thousands of innocent people! We, in the West, make a joke about this guy and the Sharia Islamics but they aren’t funny as they will kill you and feel blessed for doing it!
    Gregory in Seattle, you know nothing and speak foolishness. First, Canon Law is a Catholic and Anglican possibly term for its system of theological treatises which have been updated! Most American Christians are not Catholic or Anglican but Protestant, belonging to a myriad of independent sects!
    Of these Sects, the Latter-Day Saints Church is unique in that it was created in the USA and is a combination of Masonic ritual and Protestant theology with a Messianic era overview. There are 3 levels of Glory in the Latter-Day Saints Church, one of which can be accessed by all ethical beings regardless of Creed.
    There is also the respect for freedom of Conscience since the LDS were a persecuted Sect! Gov Mitt Romney, the Republican Candidate running for President follows that ideology of belief while Barry Soetero who became by his own choice, Barack Hussein Obama honored the same religion as Mohammad Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi albeit not taking the Sharia to heart, fortunately at one time in his life! Thus he became a President of the USA instead of a Al Queda terrorist unlike some of his Indonesian classmates!
    Comparing the mainstream Christian Sects with Yazdi’s Islamic Sharia is so lacking in objectivity or analysis that it is the height of ignorance! Also, such foolishness really denigrates the martyrs and suffering of the Islamic dissidents mentioned by Maryam Namazie as there is no comparison to todays Christian holy men and the acts of the modern Fakirs of Sharia toward dissidents!
    Amazing that Leftists for the most part don’t pay attention to the statements of Mohammad Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi! He is stating the reality of the Sharia and how it always works as it is controlled by those having no belief in human rights, freedoms, etc because that is what it honestly teaches! Making jokes about it and foolish comparisons of Christian holy men in the West to its fakirs does a disserve to intelligent understanding of reality!
    It is no joke when the Sharia Islamics decide to kill you as Producer of “Submission” Theo Van Gogh of The Netherlands found out or Salmon Rushdie of the UK who must spend his life under perpetual house arrest to not have the same fate knows. A Rabbi and four children in France faced the real boogeyman of Sharia in the form of one of its votaries recently and they are now buried!
    This reality is not cognitive dissonance, Gregory and if Sharia Islam is G-d’s own religion, Noushad, why would He create human beings in the first place when veiled and nonveiled robots would have worked better? Personally, I’m a causist and agnostic who finds theories of G-d interesting and makes no complete decisions as I haven’t ever talked to G-d like Muhammad claimed to do! However, Sharia came along much later after Muhammad started to control territories and it is my personal belief that had Muhammad announced Sharia earlier, the Arabs might have found their old pagan deities more to their liking and we all would be better off today!

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  1. […] Maryam points out this helpful item: a speech last summer by Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah-Yazdi, religious advisor to Ahmadinejad, explaining that human rights have no place in Islam. Oh. Well thank you; that’s what critics keep saying, and it’s helpful to have the corroboration. Mesbah-Yazdi, the theoretician of violence, gave a new speech at the end of Ramadan (end of August) in which he criticized the opinion of those people who claim Islam is based on generosity and respect for  Human Rights. […]

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