[In this footage, a cleric is talking about moral deterioration in Iranian government and society.]
Mehdi Daneshmand says: A young person once told me ‘why there are so much rain and snow in foreign countries where there are so many naked women and they drink so much wine, there are so many cabarets and so many discos? Why does their dollar go up every day in their markets? And you mullahs keep picking up on those with bad hijab. Does hijab bring rain? Why do those who have no hijab have so much rain?’
Mehdi Daneshmand continues: In foreign countries and the West, they do not consider being naked as haram. They don’t consider drinking wine as haram. They consider 3 things as haram: telling lies (so if you even kill them, they don’t tell lies), violating laws, and violating moralities. They act on what they believe in. They do as they believe.
Mehdi Daneshmand asserts: Do we do what we believe in? We believe in the hereafter. What would we do if we didn’t believe in the hereafter? We believe in it and this is who we are now. We believe in Imam Hossein, and this is who we are. If we didn’t believe in Imam Hossein, what would we do then? We are Shiite and this is who we are. If we weren’t Shiite, what would we do then? We go to Karbala Rawda and this is who we are. We say prayers and this is who we are. We believe in God and talk so carelessly [slandering others]. What would we do if we didn’t believe in God? You cheat people, disgrace people, slander whoever you want – dead or alive – and believe in God. What God? What religion? What Imam Hossein?
Mehdi Daneshmand goes on to say: And this is the conditions of our lives. This is how we ride motorcycles, how we drive our cars, how we live our lives, how we treat our neighbors, how we treat our customers, how our offices are run, how our municipality is, how our governors’ offices are, how our government is, how our education organization is, how our seminary is, how our streets are, how our celebrations and funerals are. Do we have anything healthy? Anything that is not faulty?
Mehdi Daneshmand stresses: Wherever you look, it is terrible! That is the condition of our judiciary system, that is the condition of our parliament, that is the condition of our government, those are our ministries, that is the condition of our offices, that is our lifestyle, that is the condition of our prisons, that is our divorce statistics, that is our addiction, that is the condition of our employment, that is the condition of our businesses, that is the condition of our factories, that is the condition of our managers, that is the condition of our workers, that is the condition of our hijab.
Mehdi Daneshmand goes on to say: Is there any healthy place? There thousands of faults. And then we make a lot of empty boasts that we are so and so. What are we? What are we? We can make progress, but we are diseased. How many managers do you know who do not do injustice to their subordinates? How many employers do you know who are not thinking about their own pockets? How many people do you know who cares about their hungry neighbors? And know whether their neighbors go to sleep hungry or not? We just care only about our own selves. We are only happy with saying our own prayers. But being a Muslim is not just saying prayers. [As they say] ‘Drink wine, burn the pulpit, but don’t hurt people.’ How much do we hurt each other?
Mehdi Daneshmand talks about people not caring: Well, when you look, you see that people do not care at all. They don’t care if people are kept waiting or not (or as Kermanis say, get perplexed or not). The hell with the people! But saying the hell with people is not being a Muslim. You just go and sit in the office of your respectful mass prayer leader. I was there today. In just one hour, more than ten poor, destitute people who were in need of bread came there. And then we are happy that several hundred people have gone to Mecca. God willing, they will come back safe and sound. We are happy about the number of people we have sent to Karbala, or the number of Hosseiniehs and mosques we have built. Those things are fine. But these things must also be taken care of. In a society or a city where one poor person has no bread to eat and cannot sleep at night due to hunger, the prayer of all those saying prayers in that city is up in the air.