Archive for February, 2007

Allah, God, Yhwh is there any difference?

February 28, 2007

[Quran 17:110]

Say, “Call Him GOD, or call Him Most Gracious; whichever name you use, to Him belongs the best names.”

Hello Freinds,

Some of my friends concentrate on words more than meanings. They say that Allah and God are different! and we should worship one of them and deny the others!!

I’m saying if “God”(In English and Christian) or “Yahwah”(In hebrow and Jew) or “Khoda”(In persian)or “Tuhan”(In malay) declares the creator or the most high or the best , that is a declaration of “Allah” and no need for worris!

In persian we just use “Khoda” and I hear no one use “Allah” , and there seems no problem!

I strongly suggest to my friends to concentrate more on the meanings than on the words.

And don’t forget this statment from Budhists:

“Budha shows us the sun and we are watching his Finger”

Please forget the fingers and watch the “Truth”.

Words are required to transfer the meanings. But if we forget the meanings and stick to words then we will miss the Truth. And we will have Gods and Allahs more than the number of Countries , Cultures and Languages!

Thanks you for being with me and let me know my mistakes,

Sepehr Mohamadi

P.S.In the translation of this verse Dr.Rashad Khalifa Translated “Allah” to “God” because that is common in English and never feeled any mistake and I also confirm it.

Who is Iran?

February 27, 2007

Hello Friends,

This film is a very intresting film introducing Iran.

Please give a small time to Iran to introduce himself to you!

You can back again to CNN or FOX whenever you wish again!

I have uploaded this film today, please forward this to anyone that you think that may help him to know more about Iran.

Thanks everybody to being with me,

Sepehr Mohamadi

Christian leaders message after visitting Iran

February 26, 2007

From: “Faithful America”
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 15:10:30 GMT
Subject: Help make peace with Iran possible

Dear Friends,

Late last night members of a delegation of U.S. religious leaders returned from a courageous week-long mission in Iran, the purpose of which was to meet with religious and political leaders in Iran to help diffuse tensions and explore ways to forge peace between Iran and the U.S.. Among the members of the delegation was fellow FaithfulAmerican and NCC Interfaith Chief, the Rev. Shanta Premawardhana.

The mission included a fruitful meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – the first time an American delegation has held such a meeting with a sitting Iranian president in Iran since the Islamic revolution in 1979. Just moments ago at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, members of the delegation delivered their statement to the press. The text of the statement is printed below.

The statement calls for bold action on the part of the U.S. government, beginning with direct talks with Iran. For you and me, this moment represents a powerful opportunity for people of faith and conscience to help advance the cause of peace.

We need your help today!

After reading the statement, we are asking that you contact your local newspaper, radio or television stations TODAY and share this statement with them. Additionally, we ask that you post it on your blogs, share it with members of your faith community, and forward it to your friends and colleagues. In other words, we need you to help amplify this important message of peace in every way you can. Together, we who love peace can urge our government to step up to the plate and pursue peace, beginning with face to face talks with Iran.

To read more about the delegation’s trip to Iran, visit the NCC Interfaith Weblog.

Peace with Iran is both possible and essential. Your help today can advance a new season of peacemaking.

With grateful hearts for all you do for peace,

Vince Isner, FaithfulAmerica.org

Here is the text of the statement:

US RELIGIOUS DELEGATION FINDS HOPE IN IRAN

As Christian leaders from the United States, we went to Iran at this time of increased tension believing that it is possible to build bridges of understanding between our two countries. We believe military action is not the answer, and that God calls us to just and peaceful relationships within the global community.

We were a diverse group of Christian leaders that included United Methodist, Episcopal, Catholic, Baptist, Evangelical, Quaker, and Mennonites who have 17 years of on the ground experience in Iran. We were warmly welcomed by the Iranian people, and our time in Iran convinced us that religious leaders from both countries can help pave the way for mutual respect and peaceful relations between our nations.

During our visit we met with Muslim and Christian leaders, government officials, and other Iranian people. Our final day included a meeting with former President Khatami and current President Ahmadinejad. The meeting with President Ahmadinejad was the first time an American delegation had met with a sitting Iranian President in Iran since the Islamic revolution in 1979. The meeting lasted 2.5 hours and covered a range of topics including the role of religion in transforming conflict, Iraq, nuclear proliferation, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

What the delegation found most encouraging from the meeting with President Ahmadinejad was a clear declaration from him of no intention to acquire or use nuclear weapons, as well as a statement that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be solved through political not military means. Finally, he said, “I have no reservation about conducting talks with American officials if we see some good will.”

We believe it is possible for further dialogue and that there can be a new day in U.S. – Iranian relations. The Iranian government has already built a bridge toward the American people by inviting our delegation to come to Iran. We ask the U.S. government to welcome a similar delegation of Iranian religious leaders to the United States.

As additional steps in building bridges between our nations, we call upon both the United States and Iranian governments to:

  • Immediately engage in direct face-to-face talks
  • Cease using language that defines the other using “enemy” images
  • Promote more people to people exchanges including religious leaders, members of Parliament/Congress, and civil society

As people of faith, we are committed to working towards these and other confidence building measures, which we hope will move our two nations from the precipice of war towards a more just and peaceful settlement.

For more information, contact:

Dan Webster

Director of Media Relations
National Council of Churches, USA

475 Riverside Drive Suite 880
New York, NY 10115
Phone: 212 870-2252
Fax 212 870-2030

email: dwebster@ncccusa.org

This Statment also located here.

How Iranian Liberal atheists think about Iran/US Conflict?

February 26, 2007

Stop bullying Iran

The Islamic Republic is worth defending. Even at its worst, it is way better than anything the US or anyone else can bring to Iran.

It’s the ultimate hypocrisy of the west to punish Iran for a law Iran has not broken.

When no one has found the tiniest evidence of Iran producing nuclear weapons – which is the whole purpose of the non-proliferation treaty that it has signed – what kind of international law justifies the UN security council’s sanctions on Iran?

Since when has international law become able to measure the intentions of countries and react to them, if they say Iran intends to produce nuclear weapons? And how come the same UN security council turns a blind eye to Israel, India, and Pakistan – who everyone knew had long the same intention? They have neven signed the non-proliferation treaty, yet their defiance has been and is still rewarded.

Make no mistake, when the powerful UK, which has lived safely among its peaceful neighbours still feels the need for its nuclear arsenal, any sovereign state like Iran, which has constantly been under the US threat for since its popular revolution against an American-aligned, corrupted and incompetent monarchy. Especially when suddenly it finds two of its neighbouring countries invaded.

That’s why I would definitely support Iran if one day it decided to start making the weapons. But has it actually started? Everyone says that even if Iran plans to, it will take up to 10 years before it manages to do so. So what is all this bullying really about?

The more the clash between the west and Iran escalates, the more convinced I become that the west’s real problem with the Islamic Republic of Iran is not its nuclear activities, its level of democracy, its human rights record, or its support for “terrorist” groups. Pakistan, followed closely by Saudi Arabia, easily beats Iran on all these fronts.

The real problem is that the Islamic Republic has decided to be independent in a region saturated with fossil energy resources, and at the same time run by American puppets. Iran has posed the biggest continuous challenge to the American hegemony in the whole world, and so it has to pay a price.

Increasingly, a lot of secular Iranians, like myself, are figuring that even if Iran is turned into the most democratic, secular, fair and peaceful state on earth, there is no guarantee the US won’t find another excuse to try to overtrow its goverment. It will start bullying Iran for its “devastating role” in climate change, or animal rights, or – who knows? – for obesity.

The interests of the Islamic Republic, with all its internal struggles, challenges and flaws, have never overlapped more closely the interests of Persia as a historic nation. And here lies the surprising support of most Iranians, despite their serious dissatisfaction and frustration, for the Islamic Republic and its resistence towards the US, symbolised by its nuclear programme.

I’m not saying this as a fervent religious man with sexy Ahmadinejad’s posters on my wall. In fact, I am an athiest and this can easily get me into serious trouble in any Islamic country. I did not vote for Ahmadinejad and I would do anything to democratically bring him down.

I have also risked my life and future in Iran by becoming the first Iranian after the revolution who has publicly visited Israel. Why? To counter both countries’ nasty and demonising propaganda against each other and to save my grandmother, postman or university professor from being compared to Nazi soldiers who must be nuked tomorrow.

A a matter of fact, I am even a victim of the paranoid state of Iran that censors criticism and punishes dissent for fear of foreign-backed revolt. (Remember the CIA had commissioned newspaper articles and cartoons to discredit prime minister Mossadeq before bringing his democratically elected government down by a coup in 1953.) My own blog is blocked in Iran and I was detained and forced to sign an apology for my writing before being allowed to leave Iran in 2005.

And of course I do have the dream of an open, free, fair and secular Iran, run by competent and representative officials, and in peace with the whole world, obviously including Israel.

However, I believe the Islamic Republic is a valuable cause, worth defending and, at its worst, is way better than anything that the United States or anyone else can bring to Iran.

If the US waged a war against Iran, I would absolutely go back and defend Iran.

Fortunately, I’m not alone.

* * *

Hossein “Hoder” Derakhshan (hoder.com) is an Iranian-born blogger, journalist, and internet activist. His step-by-step guide to creating a Persian weblog should take much of the credit for inspiring thousands of Iranians to start their own blogs.

The article origin is located hear at Guardian Comment is free.

US pressure on India against Iran revealed.

February 26, 2007

Evidence of US coercion of IAEA members against Iran revealed

by Campaign Iran (source: CASMII )
Sunday, February 25, 2007

Press release – 25th February 2007

Demands for an investigation into coercion of nations by the US during the vote against Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), have been growing following the revelations by a former ranking official of the Bush administration acknowledging that India’s votes at the IAEA in 2005 and 2006 had been “coerced.”

In a talk just over a week ago at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, Stephen G. Rademaker — who left his job as Assistant Secretary for Non-proliferation and International Security at the U.S. State Department last December – said, referring to India’s changing attitude towards non-proliferation, “[t]he best illustration of this is the two votes India cast against Iran at the IAEA. I am the first person to admit that the votes were coerced.”

The Indian government to date has not denied this accusation and has remained silent. Whilst the US Ambassador to India, David Mulford, issued a statement, reported in the Times of India, that Rademaker’s claiming that the statements attributed to Mr Rademaker were inaccurate the Hindu newspaper which first reported the story on Friday 16th February, has refuted Mr Mulford’s dismissals, pointing out that Mr. Rademaker spoke before an audience of 20 people and that the Hindu’s Associate Editor, Siddharth Varadarajan, had taken detailed notes. Ambassador David Mulford had himself caused controversy on this issue when he warned in January 2006 that a deal giving India US nuclear technology could collapse if India did not back the UN motion against Iran.

The growing storm comes ahead of the meeting of senior diplomats from the five permanent Security Council nations and Germany in London tomorrow over a new resolution to try and increase pressure on Iran. It also adds strength to those who have argued against the legitimacy of Iran’s referral to the UN Security Council and the subsequent passing of Resolution 1737. In 2005, the US and the UK concentrated their efforts in the Governors’ Board of the IAEA to first condemn Iran for not meeting its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and then to refer Iran to the UN Security Council, when Iran’s enrichment programme had not in fact, breached any article of the NPT..

Professor Abbas Edalat of Campaign Iran said today;

“The revelation that the US coerced India into voting against Iran on this crucial issue is of global significance. It brings into question the entire legitimacy of the decision by the Governors’ Board of the IAEA to refer Iran to the Security Council and the consequent passing of Resolutions 1696 and 1737 and any future resolutions against Iran the UN might pass. It also raises the question, “how many other members of the Governors’ Board of the IAEA were coerced by the US to politicise Iran’s nuclear file, refer it to the UN Security Council and bring about first resolution 1696 and then resolution 1737?”. As in the run-up top the invasion of Iraq, UN resolutions are being used to give a veneer of legitimacy and provide a pretext for an illegal US pre-emptive strike against Iran. In Iraq, the invasion was ordered “in support of UN authority”. The same justification is likely to be used by the Bush administration for strikes on Iran. We are demanding an immediate high level investigation to the use of coercion by the US and its allies within the IAEA.”

Notes

Mr Rademaker was appointed Acting Assistant Secretary for Non-proliferation and International Security in the State Department. He quit the State Department earlier this year and is now a paid lobbyist of the Indian government in Washington. In the US State Department’s website he is still referred to as Acting Assistant Secretary for Non-proliferation and International Security.

The story has been reported extensively in the Hindu and the Times of India
http://www.hindu.com/2007/02/16/stories/2007021605671200.htm
http://www.hindu.com/2007/02/17/stories/2007021709121400.htm

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

India_coerced_into_voting_against_Iran/articleshow/1630182.cms

Ambassador Mulfords statements of January 2006 are reported by the BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4649742.stm

The original article is located here.

Sepehr Mohamadi

US intelligence on Iran does not stand up, say Vienna sources

February 26, 2007

Julian Borger in Vienna
Friday February 23, 2007
The Guardian

Much of the intelligence on Iran’s nuclear facilities provided to UN inspectors by American spy agencies has turned out to be unfounded, according to diplomatic sources in Vienna.

The claims, reminiscent of the intelligence fiasco surrounding the Iraq war, coincided with a sharp increase in international tension as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that Iran was defying a UN security council ultimatum to freeze its nuclear programme.

That report, delivered to the security council by the IAEA director general, Mohamed ElBaradei, sets the stage for a fierce international debate on the imposition of stricter sanctions on Iran, and raises the possibility that the US might resort to military action against Iranian nuclear sites.

At the heart of the debate are accusations, spearheaded by the US, that Iran is secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons. However, most of the tip-offs about supposed secret weapons sites provided by the CIA and other US intelligence agencies have led to dead ends when investigated by IAEA inspectors, according to informed sources in Vienna.

“Most of it has turned out to be incorrect,” said a diplomat at the IAEA with detailed knowledge of the agency’s investigations. “They gave us a paper with a list of sites. [The inspectors] did some follow-up, they went to some military sites, but there was no sign of [banned nuclear] activities.”

“Now [the inspectors] don’t go in blindly. Only if it passes a credibility test.”

Read the whole report here.

Sepehr Mohamadi

Never follow what you don’t understand!

February 24, 2007

[Quran 17:36]

You shall not accept any information, unless you verify it for yourself. I have given you the hearing, the eyesight, and the brain, and you are responsible for using them.

[Quran 8:22]

The worst creatures in the sight of GOD are the deaf and dumb, who do not understand.

Hello Freinds,

This is what our creator asked us to do. We should not follow what we do not understand. We should open our eyes, our ears and our minds to find the truth OURSELVES. Because you know someone that are very good people and they show you the truth is not enough and that is not what our Lord asked us to do.

So don’t accept the propaganda by CNN and FOX. Don’t accept traditional beliefs by some scholars added to religion. Don’t follow the misunderstanding or the lies of others. Just follow the Truth.

You, YOURSELF, I, MYSELF and Everyone, HIMSELF should find the Truth and follow it.

Be Successful,

Sepehr Mohamadi

Submission to Truth(God) is the only religion accepted.

February 22, 2007

Hi freinds,

Submission to God(Truth) is the only religion accepted by our Lord. All things in the Sky and earth are submitted to the creator willingly or unwillingly. But human is the only creature that gived the right to accept it or not. And all prophets are from him. And showing us one truth and one God. Tim,Muslims should make no distinctions among any of them.

[Quran 3:83-85]

Are they seeking other than GOD’s religion, when everything in the heavens and the earth has submitted to Him, willingly and unwillingly, and to Him they will be returned?

Say, “We believe in GOD, and in what was sent down to us, and in what was sent down to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Patriarchs, and in what was given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction among any of them. To Him alone we are submitters.”

Anyone who accepts other than Submission as his religion, it will not be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter, he will be with the losers.

My dear friend Haji Maryam used a translation that translated the word “Islam” incorrectly imho. But it is clear in three verses together that “submitting” and “submission” is what should be translated. They are a lot of verses in Quran that used this word as just “submitting”.

[Quran 22:62]

It is a fact that GOD is the Truth, while the setting up of any idols beside Him constitutes a falsehood, and that GOD is the Most High, the Supreme.

Yes, God is Truth! And whoever believe to truth is believer and whoever deny it, is Pagan. Only the idiots , ignorants and selfish people deny the truth. But wise and smart people are submitted to truth. And try to follow it and comply themselves with it.

This is the Pure Gold that is behind these verses.

Sepehr Mohamadi

Christians and jewishes that will go to heaven.

February 21, 2007

Dear Freinds,

Some of my valued Muslim freinds doubt on my last post. So I give some more verses to show that there exist some people in other religions that are rightous and will go to heaven and have nothing to fear. And we cannot judge all of them simply.

Also we know that there exist some parts of Muslims that are not believers and will go to hell because of their mistakes and just being Mulslim is not an enough step for going to heaven.

The first verse is very very very clear and produce no doubt. The second one also showed that we (as Mulims) can eat the food of people of scripture and we can marry them. That shows that Quran is very open on how to act with christians and jewish but how about us as it’s followers?

Obviuosly that is not mean to eat “pork” with them but other foods that also halal for us as well.

I ask my valued Muslim freinds to found their believes on Quran, Not just on what told by traditional scholars on “manbar”.

[Quran 5:69]

Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the converts, and the Christians; any of them who (1) believe in GOD and (2) believe in the Last Day, and (3) lead a righteous life, have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

[Quran 5:5]

Today, all good food is made lawful for you. The food of the people of the scripture is lawful for you, and your food is lawful for them*. Also, you may marry the chaste women among the believers, as well as the chaste women among the followers of previous scripture, provided you pay them their due dowries. You shall maintain chastity, not committing adultery, nor taking secret lovers. Anyone who rejects faith, all his work will be in vain, and in the Hereafter he will be with the losers.

P.S.1.Just to say that most of my translation from Quran are given from Dr.Rashad Khalifa official translation and very numourous from Yusuf Ali or others almost there is no translation made by myself. God bless all people try to show us the way.

P.S.2.The picture is an ancient persian manuscript that shows Holy Jesus , Moses and Abraham Leads by Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Uppon all of them) and all praying together to God. You can find it in wikipedia.

Sepehr Mohamadi

Sunni Muslims are Pagans??!!

February 20, 2007

Wow!!!

Who tolds that? I ‘m sorry to here something like that from some traditional people from both Shia and Sunna about the other parties!!

Is these people really read the Holy Book of Islam? There is a lot of verses in Quran indicating that Muslims (from any party) Should be united. But now I want to give another kind of proof from Quran.

Some of Muslims believe that United States of America (and other Western countires) and it’s peoples are Pagans. And we as muslims should fight with them. I want to say that this is incorrect also as well as the first one.

Please read these verses to see that how our Lord is great and value his creaturs that worship him from other religions (Christianity and jewishes):

[Quran 3:113-115]

They are not all the same; among the followers of the scripture, there are those who are righteous. They recite GOD’s revelations through the night, and they fall prostrate.

They believe in GOD and the Last Day, they advocate righteousness and forbid evil, and they hasten to do righteous works. These are the righteous.

Any good they do will not go unrewarded. GOD is fully aware of the righteous.

So who can believe that The God ,who accepted worshipping from other religions rather than Islam, is not accepting Sunni or Shia as a religion????

O, people of the world please read this verse:

[Quran 2:177]

Righteousness is not turning your faces towards the east or the west. Righteous are those who believe in GOD, the Last Day, the angels, the scripture, and the prophets; and they give the money, cheerfully, to the relatives, the orphans, the needy, the traveling alien, the beggars, and to free the slaves; and they observe the Contact Prayers and give the obligatory charity ; and they keep their word whenever they make a promise; and they steadfastly persevere in the face of persecution, hardship, and war. These are the truthful; these are the righteous.

These are the truthful! These are the righteous!!

Not just to be Shia, Sunni, Christian , Jewish or anything else!!!

Love, Peace and Unity,

Sepehr Mohamadi