Iran:A Marginalized Country
Iran: A Marginalized Country
No one may ever believe what I talk about; however, I have a strong craving for sharing my experience. I am from semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, which is the closet neighbor of Iran. That is why many people from my region know Persian language. Last summer I visited Iran, I enjoyed a lot even though I saw something that filled my eyes with tears. It was July, but the weather was really cool. In contrast to my region, everywhere was covered by green color of the farms. And the farmers including men, women and even children moved like ants on the farms. Everywhere was farm, and the roads were dominated by the apple gardens. However, it was still difficult to find happiness in anyone’s eyes. Today, the country’s name reminds everyone of no more than Nuclear Power Program, but I hope everyone witnesses what is going on inside the country. When you talk with anyone, he says, “Life is very tough.” This is the most popular quote that anyone hears a lot in Iran. The Iranians now struggle to survive, for everything is expensive and their money has no value.
The Wilayah of Fiqh is another name for Iran. It is mostly used by the Iranians who live in Iran. The term means that the country is ruled based on Islamic laws, which have been applied after the Iranian Revolution in 1976. Those whom I talked with claimed that the Akhoonds- in English clergies-are responsible for everything in Iran. The Akhoonds play a major role in every aspects of life, but they are not loved by the people. Once I walked on a street in Tabriz, which is one of the largest cities in Iran and saw an akhoond. A man who guided me said, “Look, my father did the revolution and was martyred, but those parasites (the Akhoonds) take benefit of it.” As I heard from people, the Akhoonds do not do anything, except some simple religious duties, such as, being present when someone marries or dies, but they are paid a huge amount of money by the government. Nevertheless, people say that even if they are not loved, they win the elections, and by that they legitimate their power. The pictures of Imam Khomeini and one of the leaders of the Iranian Revolution, Ali Khamenei, Iran’s rahbar, or leader, could be found in every corner of Iran. On each of portraits, there is a quote, and most of the quotes talk about the Islamic Revolution.
Even though Iran is supposed to be filled out with hundreds of thousands of tourists because of its rich culture that its roots extend to the Sasanian Empire, you can use your fingers to count the vacationers. Any city that you enter, you can see many historical places. I spent half of a month, but I only saw three people who came from the west.
The majority of visitors who come to Iran are Pakistanis, and it is because they visit religious places, such as, the Hussainias. The Pakistanis are guests rather than visitors, for they serve warmly. For example, they do not reserve a hotel since they stay at the Hussainias, and they do not buy food since they are fed there, too. Despite all the facts, the Pakistanis are not very rich, so they do not bring with themselves huge amount of money.