Iranian Protestors Must Listen to the Ayotollah

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Iranian Protesters Must Listen to the Ayatollah. What the Ayatollah says and approves or disapproves of us important to us for it gives us an understanding of his beliefs, interpretations, and opinion of what he believes is the most accurate version of the Quran. He and a team of religious ideological experts determine the Law of the Islamic Republic of Iran. His opinion holds majority weight in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Ayatollah is to Shias as the Pope is to Catholicism. However, Listening to the Ayatollah does not mean agreeing with his opinion, interpretation, or verdict. Showing the Ayatollah that we are listening is showing the Ayatollah the value of democracy and freedom of speech.  This is what the Protesters are fighting for.  Just as he has the right to express his views, they have the right to express their views. 

The battle for Democracy for Iran did not begin in 2009. It began in 1979 during the Islamic Revolution. It forgot the essence of Democracy and Rule of Law. When the protesters were marching in 1979, they wanted greater political rights, freedom, development, and democracy. The Shah may have been Pro-Western, but he was a dictator. The battle for Democracy will be won when decisions are not based on the will of a few scholars, but the will of the masses. It is a simple battle, but requires a concrete plan. It should appeal to most Iranians, and must also require reaching out to majority of those that voted for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iran has the choice to become more democratic and offering more freedom or restricting those freedoms. The value of Islam is tolerance, love, and compassion. It is the kindness of society and the humbleness of the people. A stronger Iran which is respected by the East and the West is an Iran that the people of Iran want. They want Iran to be seen as a civilized nation among the civilized world. Ayatollah has the opportunity to listen to the youth or be weakened and less respected not only by some Iranians, but also the World.

Iran has a culturally rich and a civilized society. It has the opportunity to be the leading nation in the Middle East where democratic institutions can work without the interference of foreign countries meddling in domestic affairs. But the guidance for the students is to reach out to those that may not agree with their views. Do not make this about a political figure, make this about a democratic cause that everyone can rally around. Do not encourage your fellows to chant statements that are Anti anything.

On a personal note, recently I was walking by some Iranian protesters by CNN Center Atlanta, when I observed three of them holding the old Iranian flag with the Lion Sun. This flag symbolizes the rule of the Shah. This is what the Iranian Movement should not be about. This is not about bringing back the Shah, this is about having the democratic governing rule and greater political rights that neither the Shah nor the Ayatollah have tolerated. We are not against the Ayatollah, but we are against limitations to freedom, liberty and democracy. That is what this movement is about. It is in honor of the courage of those that have chosen this forum. A special thank you to those social networking web sites that are making it easier to provide that forum.

Munzir Naqvi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Kennesaw State University.

He serves as an advisor to the Pakistan Israel Peace Forum (PIPF) & Pakistan The Next Five Years. Mr. Naqvi has served as President of Student Government at Kennesaw State University in 2004-2005. 

Naqvi is interested in developing countries and economic policies.  He is an advocate of Free Trade in a Free World.  His Motto is Diplomacy before Dialogue.  You can follow him at www.twitter.com/naqvi and Join the Facebook Group: Pakistan The Next Five Years

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