A 20 year jail sentence for removing hijab

Yesterday, Shahparak Shajarizadeh was sentenced to 20 years in jail for removing her hijab to protest against the most ridiculously discriminatory law in Iran. Since 1979, women have been forced to wear hijab in Iran and removing it has been treated ruthlessly. Below is a video of her after hearing her sentence. Fortunately, she has... Continue Reading →

Dancing is a crime

Horrifying news comes out of Iran everyday. However, in the past two months, it's gone crazier. Arresting free thinkers and environmentalist, "accidental" deaths of environmentalists in prisons, numerous executions, shooting down protesters, and now arresting teenagers who post pictures and videos on Instagram. Today, I found out that the police has arrested a 17 year... Continue Reading →

A personal journey of flourishing as a non-believer

Decent atheist

As an Iranian, coming out was not easy. I had struggled for almost 8 years before I stated my views on god and religion publicly.

I was born and raised in “Islamic Republic” of Iran, and moved to Australia in 2013. Although I have been an atheist for a few years, I have only recently overcome my inner and outer struggles of being an atheist publicly! So here I am!

All those struggles rooted in my fear of god, hell, damnation and chastisement and the Iranian government, which is the scariest one of course.

The Iranian education system is based on the doctrine of fear of God and his punishment. So schools and media are constantly bombarding people with the pessimistic ideas of Islam.

My deconversion was not an abrupt process. As a child I believed in Allah out of fear. I remember praying for my parents and begging God…

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Identity and religion

Religion is the central foundation in family, community and education in Islamic countries. Iran in this case is my sample. Personal identity is "What makes it true that a person at one time is the same thing as a person at another time?" or "What kinds of things are we persons?" if you ask these... Continue Reading →

On the execution train

So “Holy” month of Ramadan is over, and this means that the execution train is back in Islamic countries. Islamic countries don’t execute anyone during Ramadan, and continue the executions right after the month is over. Apparently, this time, Iran’s train is fast and unstoppable. According to some reports, there have been numerous executions in... Continue Reading →

Ration challenge for refugees

I’m taking on the Ration Challenge to show refugees that I’m with them, not against them - and I’d be grateful if you could sponsor me! You’ll help to provide food, medicine and education for Syrian refugees; and support other vulnerable communities around the world. https://my.rationchallenge.org.au/maz-bozorgi money you raise will provide Syrian refugees with food,... Continue Reading →

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