By: Allameh Mohammad Ali al-Husseini

Confronting the issue of the terrorist group ISIS, which has been recently thrust into the international media following the fall of Mosul in Iraq, cannot be achieved without
eroding its pillars of support that allowed this phenomenon to emerge.

The emergence of the regime in Iran after the 1979 revolution that was hijacked by extremist and fundamentalist mullahs was a key turning point in the growth of religious fundamentalism in the region and the world, and the beginning of an abnormal period in provoking and reviving religious fundamentalism and sectarian beliefs under the cover of faith.

Many were deceived by the portrayal of the regime in Tehran as the savior and liberator of Arab and Muslim people.

From its very beginning, the mullahs’ regime relied on the policy of imposing itself through force and compelling the Iranian people to adhere to its fanatical and fundamentalist viewpoints. It started with the arbitrary arrests of its opponents, throwing them in prisons, aggressive campaigns against women and mass executions. We will refer to specific cases.

What Sadeq Khalkhali (Chief of the Revolutionary Courts in Iran who earned title of 'the hanging judge') did was not rooted in the spirit of Islam, but in humiliating people and insulting them like Iran’s vultures and issuing sentences against anyone who opposed the mullahs’ regime.

The punishments of flogging, burning women’s faces, amputating fingers and noses, gouging out eyes, stoning and executing pregnant women took place without remorse, as well as bombings, assassinations, terrorist and horrific measures, were all blamed on their fabricated enemies. All of these examples created a climate of fear and horror that enchained all Iranians under this regime.

The terrorist ISIS organization has carried out unprecedented criminal acts, and those with even the slightest knowledge of the pure religion of Islam must be completely opposed to this group and its crimes which are in total contrast to the principles and values of Islam.

ISIS’ actions are very similar to those of the mullahs’ regime. Both rely on the policy of terrorizing and horrifying others, and compelling them to remain in a state of anxiety and instability.

This suggests there are secret channels of communication channels between ISIS and the mullahs’ regime. It also suggests ISIS is the offspring of the two dictatorships in Syria and Iran.

Their illegal and criminal acts and the climate of fear they impose on the areas they control are no different from the criminal acts of the mullahs’ regime, where its Quds Force has no objective other than to annihilate peace, security and stability in the region.

Fundamentalism and the crimes of the mullahs’ regime in Iran do not represent the Shiites, just as the fundamentalism and crimes carried out by ISIS do not represent the Sunnis. Therefore, Islamic countries in general and Arabic countries in particular must take a stand against the fundamentalism represented by the mullahs’ regime in Iran and ISIS.

We also call for a flourishing of moderate scholars to to help defeat the scheming of the mullahs’ regime and ISIS.

We in the Islamic-Arabic Council are ready to take all necessary steps to achieve this, and we are prepared to coordinate, share and help in all efforts that can maintain our nations’ security, stability and well-being, and also defeat the plans, agendas and plots of the mullahs’ regime.

Allameh Mohammad Ali al-Husseini, a Shiite, is the Secretary General of the Islamic- Arabic Council in Beirut

This article was published on 25 August 2014 in Arabic language Kuwaiti daily Al-Seyassah

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