Forced Divorces in Mujahedin Khalq

Forced Divorces in Mujahedin Khalq

Forced Divorces in Mujahedin KhalqHabilian Association, September 15 2021:… Although MEK achieved considerable notoriety for its cultish regulations in compelling members to divorce their spouses, it should be noted that forced marriage was part of the MEK’s organizational relationship before the mandatory divorce and for so long many forced marriages took place as stipulated by the MEK leadership. In this regard, Ahmad Reza Karimi writes in his book entitled A Description of the History of Mujahedin Khalq of Iran and Its Stand Point. Forced Divorces in Mujahedin Khalq 

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Forced Divorces in Mujahedin Khalq

Forced Divorce, a Cult-Like Behavior

In today’s world, forced marriage may seem like a time-worn phenomenon, but it still threatens few societies. Forced marriages are not specific to backward and underdeveloped societies, but may occur anywhere in the world. Many cults forcibly marry men and women in developing and developed countries. Organizational marriage is a type of forced marriage that was common in the Mujahedin Khalq (MEK) and in a way showed the commitment of members to the goal of the organization and adherence to the cause of its leaders.

Although MEK achieved considerable notoriety for its cultish regulations in compelling members to divorce their spouses, it should be noted that forced marriage was part of the MEK’s organizational relationship before the mandatory divorce and for so long many forced marriages took place as stipulated by the MEK leadership. In this regard, Ahmad Reza Karimi writes in his book entitled A Description of the History of Mujahedin Khalq of Iran and Its Stand Point:

“Since its inception till 1973, the MEK was a male-dominated organization and had no female members. The necessity for covering their hubs has led the organization to use women and girls. The first female recruits were the relatives of the executed or killed members and prisoners of the organization … At that time, Reza Rezaei had two marriages within the organization, which was in fact the cornerstone of moral corruption: The first marriage was with Leila Zomordian (Sharif Vaqefi’s next wife) and his second marriage was with Simin Salehi, who after hiding in early 1973 was not even legally separated from her former husband. Some women and girls did not even have the least political or organizational capabilities and were kept in the organization only to justify the hubs as well as sexual exploitation. A telling example of this is a member like Leila Zomordian, who after Reza Rezaei and Sharif Vaqefi, married to Taghi Shahram for a short period of time, and then changed her husband several times in different houses.”

Families In MEK Cult

MEK members’ suicides as a result of moral and sexual failures and frustrations … The MEK leaders’ monopoly in sexual matters is also one of the important consequences of such corruption. Taqi Shahram, one of the ideologues of the MEK, married to five wives during his activity … Another implication of moral corruptions in the organization is sexual suicides, which were caused by moral and sexual failures and frustrations.

Misguided beliefs justify sexual exploitations

Jafar Shojooni says in his memoirs: The MEK’s interpretation of Quran was weird. How is it that two or three hijabi pious girls live and sleep with ten or twenty young boys for six months? They recited this verse to those girls: “…Do not reveal their adornments except to their husbands” (Quran, 24:31). The verse says that positions of adornment that are above the neck and above the hands should not be shown except to women’s husbands, but within the MEK it is being interpreted in a different way, saying that the parts of adornment are “from the knees to the abdomen” that should be hidden from anybody except from their comrades in arms.

The theory of the ideological revolution was completed in 1986, when Maryam Azodanlu (Rajavi) divorced her husband Mehdi Abrishamchi and married to Massoud Rajavi before the expiration of the waiting period.

They used the same strategy to sexually exploit young women and girls and termed it as a sacred act as “marriage”. For example, Mehdi Abrishamchi was presented with Mousa Khiabani’s 18-year-old sister as a gift from the leadership!



Forced divorce and ideological revolution

Right after the Iran-Iraq ceasefire in mid-1988, MEK launched thousands of its warriors across the Iranian border, but they suffered a humiliating defeat. Masoud Rajavi announced a plan calling it an ideological revolution and considered the failure as a result of members’ family ties. Hence, he ordered all the members to divorce their spouses. Even the single members made a commitment to forbid marriage. The other side of the coin were divorced women who obeyed Rajavi’s command and married him during a cultish ceremony called “Salvation Dance”. In this regard, female members Batool Soltani, Homeira Mahmoudnejad, Zahra Moeini and Nasrin Ebrahimi are the people who have exposed such behaviors in MEK after defection.

Forced Sex With Rajavi And Torture ; MEK Defectors

Organizational marriages, forced divorces, hysterectomies, and the like are all rooted in the cultish aspects of the MEK. Those people who had wasted their youth in the cult of MEK warn that joining cults is one of the greatest threats of every nation.

This issue is now considered as a threat and has been introduced as the highest social harm and being in a cult is more terrible than addiction. Women are the mainstay of the family in all societies and such cultish behaviors have destructive effects on societies. So, in order to save women, families, and societies, the cults and their cultish thinking and practices must come to an end.

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Maryam Rajavi Mehdi Abrishamchi

Maryam Rajavi Mehdi AbrishamchiMazda Parsi, Nejat Society, March 02 2021:… Mehdi Abrishamchi shook hands with Massoud Rajavi and congratulated his ex-wife’s marriage with the leader Massoud Rajavi. Mehdi Abrishamchi and Maryam Rajavi divorced under the order of Massoud Rajavi and soon Rajavi married Maryam. The luxurious wedding ceremony of Massoud and Maryam was held in Paris. Maryam took off the wedding ring of Mehdi and immediately put on the ring offered by Massoud Rajavi. She was called “Maryam Rajavi” since the novel ideological marriage. Maryam Rajavi Mehdi Abrishamchi 

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Maryam Rajavi & Mehdi Abrishamchi

What is the relationship?

Maryam QajarAzdanlou was 26 years old when she married Mehdi Abrishamchi, 32, in 1979. Mehdi was a high-ranking member of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO, MEK, PMOI, Cult of Rajavi) and Maryam was an ordinary member. The first years of their marriage was coincident with the group’s violent acts in the streets of Iran and the escape of the group’s leader Massoud Rajavi to France.

The newly-weds lived in safe houses of the group together with other members. A former member of the MEK who lived with Maryam and Mehdi and their little girl Ashraf, recalls the quarrels between the couple about joining Massoud Rajavi in France. Maryam urged her then-husband to move to France as soon as possible.

Maryam Rajavi Mehdi Abrishamchi

Finally, the family fled to France where Maryam became Massoud’s office manager. Former security official of the MEK in Paris, Massoud Khodabandeh states that he witnessed that Maryam was once taken to hospital by Saleh Rajavi, Massoud’s brother in order to have an abortion. “She had Masoud Rajavi’s baby,” says Khodabandeh.

It did not take Massoud Rajavi a long time to declare his third marriage with Maryam QajarAzdanlou. The controversial marriage that took place in 1985 was called by the leader as “The novel ideological revolution”. The so-called marriage was the start of the eventual bizarre actions in the group.

Maryam Rajavi Mehdi Abrishamchi

Mojahed Newspaper – Mehdi Abrishamchi shook hands with Massoud Rajavi and congratulated his ex-wife’s marriage with the leader Massoud Rajavi

Mehdi Abrishamchi and Maryam Rajavi divorced under the order of Massoud Rajavi and soon Rajavi married Maryam. The luxurious wedding ceremony of Massoud and Maryam was held in Paris. Maryam took off the wedding ring of Mehdi and immediately put on the ring offered by Massoud Rajavi. She was called “Maryam Rajavi” since the novel ideological marriage.

Mehdi Abrishamchi shook hands with Massoud Rajavi and congratulated his ex-wife’s marriage with the leader Massoud Rajavi. He then addressed the audience in the hall: “As a Mujahed Khalq and as a child of the Khalq (people), I congratulate Massoud and Maryam with each and every cells of my body and I am full of ideological happiness.”

Therefore, Ashraf Abrishamchi, the three-year-old daughter of Mehdi and Maryam was the first child left behind the ideological divorce. Later, Mehdi married the seventeen-year-old Mina Khiabani, under the leadership order. Mina was the sister of Musa Khiabani, a high ranking member of the group killed in a clash with the Iranian government.

Organisational Divorces within PMOI
The outcome of the novel ideological revolution were ideological divorces. Consequently, hundreds of Mujahed families collapsed. Normally Mehdi and Mina divorced too. The only marriage that survived the alleged revolution was that of Massoud and Maryam Rajavi. Furthermore, it was developed and expanded by the mass marriages of Massoud Rajavi with women of the MEK’s Elite Council.

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Cultish Behaviour In MEK – Mandatory Uniform

Cultish Behaviour In MEK - Mandatory Uniform Habilian Association, August 27 2021:… Within the cult, hijab is limited to scarves, and women are not allowed to use other types of clothing such as shawls or hats, etc. The only colors that they could choose for their scarves were green, red, and khaki. Women could wear red and khaki scarves only in certain places, and if someone wanted to wear a red or khaki scarf outside the Mojahedin propaganda ceremonies, she would be reprimanded. Cultish Behaviour In MEK

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Cultish Behaviour In MEK – Mandatory Uniform

If you look at cults from the outside, they look attractive, but when exploring them, there will be unseen angles that the cults do not want to be known. Seeking deceptive attraction, cult leaders want obedience, time, and, in a word, the lives of members. Cults use sophisticated mind control and recruitment techniques that have evolved over time.

To get rid of the cult’s appeal, you need to know how they work and what techniques they use. In most cases, the belief system of a religion is used as a tool for the use of techniques. In free societies, people can believe in anything they want, say whatever they think, and dress and wear whatever they want, but this is not the case in cults.

Cultish Behaviour In MEK - Mandatory Uniform

Cultish Behaviour In MEK – Mandatory Uniform

Mandatory Uniform

One of the cults which is known to the Iranian people is the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK), a terrorist group that presents itself as a political opposition and in terms of organizing and employing individuals has all features of a cult. Originated in a Shiite country, this terrorist cult uses the cover of Islam and the tools of the Shiite religion to maintain the framework and structure of its organization. An important rule of Islamic sharia is the hijab of women, but the MeK uses this as a technique to control members.

“Rajavi said that your sisters’ headscarf is the border between the Revolutionary Mujahideen and the counter-revolutionary bourgeoisie,” said Ali Shirzad, a former member of the MeK. [1]

“The red color of the scarf in the uniform of the Mojahedin Khalq has been borrowed from Marxism. The green overcoats belong to the Castro and Che Guevara wars in Cuba. although covering the Shari’a, the hijab of women in the uniforms, is merely a declaration of allegiance to the religion of the masses. Fewer photos of MEK women have been published in a variety of colors and clothing. Of course, this restriction has not been imposed on non-members who attend MEK gatherings,” said Majid Mohammadi, a current member of MeK. [2]

“Women who entered the cult were told very openly: The headscarf is the official (i.e., mandatory) form of this organization,” said Zahra Sadat Mirbagheri; a dissident member of the MeK. [3]

Character assassination to create a sense of guilt

“In Rajavi’s establishment, all women should wear headscarves. Even if the headscarves were a little behind and a little of the woman’s hair was visible, they initially were warned and then became slandered. Yes, Maryam Rajavi used to spread repression in a new and creepy way, and this oppression is still present in the relations of the Rajavi’s cult,” Zahra Sadat Mirbagheri said. [4]

Hijab; a means of control the women present at the headquarters of this group must wear a certain type of uniform with a certain color.

This is while leaders of this group, who control a so-called political opposition, in their statements about the government in Iran condemn the obligatory hijab in the country.

Maryam Rajavi’s “Ten Point Plan for Future Iran” states: “We believe in complete gender equality in political, social and economic arenas. We are also committed to the equal participation of women in political leadership. Any form of discrimination against women will be abolished. They will enjoy the right to freely choose their clothing. They are free in marriage, divorce, education, and employment.” [5]

Following the MeK’s escape and transfer to France, Iraq (Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty and parallel camps) and finally to Albania (Camp Mans) and setting up organizational camps to maintain and deepen relations, we see that no female member of the organization is allowed to cover or uncover the hijab, even in women’s dormitories and restaurants.

“Within the cult, hijab is limited to scarves, and women are not allowed to use other types of clothing such as shawls or hats, etc. The only colors that they could choose for their scarves were green, red, and khaki. Women could wear red and khaki scarves only in certain places, and if someone wanted to wear a red or khaki scarf outside the Mojahedin propaganda ceremonies, she would be reprimanded,” said Zahra Sadat Mirbagheri. [6]

All that has been said, along with other cultish tactics, such as fear and intimidation, mind control, information control, long work hours and sleep deprivation, and forced public confessions has turned this organization into a cult with a terrorist approach that is far more dangerous than an ordinary terrorist group.

Sources:
[1] Ali Shirzad, Vatanam Iran Blog, January 8, 2019
[2] Majid Mohammadi, Independent Persian, September 4, 2016
[3], [4 [, [6] Zahra Sadat Mirbagheri, Facebook page, January 3, 2014
[5] Website of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran

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A Deranged Cult and Our Warped Foreign Policy

A Deranged Cult and Our Warped Foreign PolicyDaniel Larison, AntiWar, July 15 2021:… This show of support for the MEK reflects the extent to which our foreign policy debates are distorted and corrupted by the lobbying efforts of foreign groups and governments alike. No one knows for sure where the MEK gets its money, but there is reason to believe that it may be coming from the Saudi government and/or Saudi individuals. In recent years, prominent Saudis have begun participating in MEK events, and that coincided with the kingdom’s intensifying hostility towards Iran in the last decade. A Deranged Cult and Our Warped Foreign Policy 

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by Daniel Larison Posted onJuly 14, 2021

Every year the notorious cult and “former” terrorist group Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) holds a political conference to promote its propaganda and call for regime change in Iran, and every year many current and former American, Canadian, and European officials and elected representatives line up to pay homage to the group and their leader, Maryam Rajavi. Members of both major parties in the U.S. have either traveled to the group’s compound in Albania or spoken remotely through video messages in exchange for hefty speaking fees for the last ten years. The annual parade of prominent officeholders and policymakers that offer up effusive praise to such a wretched group is an ongoing disgrace for the United States and its allies, and it is a symptom of deeper problems with our foreign policy.

This show of support for the MEK reflects the extent to which our foreign policy debates are distorted and corrupted by the lobbying efforts of foreign groups and governments alike. No one knows for sure where the MEK gets its money, but there is reason to believe that it may be coming from the Saudi government and/or Saudi individuals. In recent years, prominent Saudis have begun participating in MEK events, and that coincided with the kingdom’s intensifying hostility towards Iran in the last decade. Our Iran policy debate is being influenced to an alarming degree by an extremist cult and an increasingly repressive authoritarian client state, and none of that can be good for American interests or democratic accountability in our foreign policy.

American support for the MEK reminds us that bipartisanship in foreign policy usually means rallying behind exceptionally bad causes. This year’s conference was described in one report as a “rare moment of bipartisan unity,” as if this somehow made cheering on a deranged cult better. The pro-MEK boosterism also shows that there are far too many people in and around our government that will make common cause with absolutely anyone if they are in favor of regime change in Iran. That in turn is a measure of just how irrational our government’s fixation on Iran is.

The MEK was originally an armed group opposed to the Iranian monarchy before the revolution, and during that period it was also responsible for killing several Americans. The MEK supported taking and keeping US diplomats hostage. After the group fell out with Khomeini and were brutally purged, the group relocated to Iraq where they joined with Saddam Hussein to attack their own country. Their participation in Iraq’s attack on Iran has earned them the enduring loathing of almost all Iranians everywhere, and for that reason and others they have virtually no support in Iran or in the diaspora. While the MEK was officially removed from the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations in 2012 after an extensive lobbying campaign, it remains a totalitarian, cultish organization that abuses its own members. There is good reason to believe that members of the group still act as cat’s paws for Israeli intelligence in carrying out assassinations and acts of sabotage inside Iran. As part of the group’s effort to remake its image, it uses a political front organization, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), to create the impression that the MEK has changed and committed itself to democracy.

The MEK has not changed. They remain at their core the same militant and extremist organization they have been for decades. Cheering on the MEK is as crazy and irresponsible as endorsing the Lord’s Resistance Army or defending the Khmer Rouge, and it is not an accident that the group has sometimes been likened to the latter. Unfortunately, because they hate the Iranian government and make the right noises about democracy, they are given a free pass and Iran hawks embrace them as allies. In the past, participants in MEK summits have ranged from Newt GingrichJohn Bolton, and Rudy Giuliani to Joe Lieberman, Tom Ridge, and John McCain. This year it included former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, the current Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Menendez, his fellow New Jerseyan Sen. Cory Booker, and many other members of Congress. The speakers routinely declare that the MEK and its allies are the “real” opposition working towards “secular democracy,” they denounce the Iranian government, and they call for some form of regime change.

Flournoy’s participation in the conference this year proved to be especially controversial since she is a major figure in Democratic national security circles and had frequently been mentioned as a possible Biden nominee for Secretary of Defense earlier in the year. In her remarks, she expressed hope for “internal regime change” in Iran, and congratulated the assembled audience for their work: “we must continue to applaud and support the important work of Diaspora groups like yours that keep alive the vision of a secular, free, and democratic Iran.”

Faced with a swift backlash online, Flournoy now claims that she didn’t know that she was speaking at an MEK event and wouldn’t have participated had she known, but it strains credulity that she was unaware of the nature of the event and its sponsor. A simple web search would have shown the relationship between the NCRI and the MEK, as well as the violent and disturbing history of the cult. Frankly, it is impossible to believe that she didn’t know who she was addressing.

The language that Flournoy used in her speech sounds too much like the standard pro-MEK talking points that other speakers have used for the last decade, and the MEK’s lobbying efforts are too well-known and have been going on too long for her to plead ignorance. It is notable that Flournoy felt the need to concoct a cover story to excuse her participation, since most pro-MEK shills take pride in what they do, but her excuse isn’t credible. Even if her explanation were true, it doesn’t excuse the horrible lack of judgment that she displayed here. If she didn’t understand that she was addressing an MEK event, she shouldn’t be offering advice on Iran policy or holding forth on the political future of Iran.

The MEK is a dangerous and disreputable group. They ought to be so politically radioactive that no one would want to be associated with them, but that has not happened because Iran hawks from both parties and in many other Western countries find the MEK useful to their agenda. Supporting the MEK allows them to mislead ignorant audiences into falsely believing that their hard-line policies enjoy support from the Iranian Diaspora No one who knows anything about Iran thinks that the MEK deserves support or has any support back in Iran, so whenever someone celebrates the group that is all the proof you need that nothing else that person says about Iran and Iran policy should be taken seriously.

Iran hawks and the MEK are both obsessed with regime change in Iran. Since they cannot achieve it from within Iran, it is just a matter of time before the cult’s yes-men in Washington push for military action aimed at toppling the government. Just as they sided with Saddam Hussein to attack their own country over forty years ago, the MEK wants to rope the US into fighting another war against Iran. If we want to prevent that war from happening in the future, the MEK’s cheerleaders need to be exposed to ridicule and criticism over their willingness to support a group that has both American and Iranian blood on its hands.

Daniel Larison is a contributing editor and weekly columnist for Antiwar.com and maintains his own site at Eunomia. He is former senior editor at The American Conservative. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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