Martyr Hasheminejad and his likes were victims of their turning people back to true Islamic values and unveiling the MKO’s hypocrisy. The MKO was based on keeping people ignorant and preventing them from following an expert-facilitated Islam, therefore they found the Islamic scholars the main barrier to their misguiding people.
September 29 marks the day when Abdolkarim Hasheminejad, a popular Iranian cleric was assassinated by the Mujahdin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), a terrorist cult responsible for 12000 deaths in Iran. In 1981, Hasheminejad was martyred of a suicide attack by an MKO terrorist.
Talking with Shahed-e Yaran monthly, Dr. Mohammad Sadeq Kooshki has told about the reasons behind Martyr Hasheminejad’s assassination by the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO). He believes that Martyr Hasheminejad was a victim of his enlightening the youth and warning them against MKO’s deviations.
Martyr Hasheminejad was much popular in Khorasan Province and many people voted for him onto the Assembly of Experts. As an organization who claimed to be a great supporter of people (Khalq), how can the MKO justify its assassinating figures so much popular as Martyr Hasheminejad?
The answer lies in the fact that the MKO has not acted according to its title (combatants for the people) from the very beginning. In fact, the title was a disguise for the MKO’s deviated ideology, “Islam minus the clergy”, originated from the ideology of the Freedom Movement of Iran (FMI). The ideology means that everyone has the right to have their own understanding of Islam without any need to experts on Islam. The MKO later labelled Islamic scholars as “reactionaries”.
When the cult entered its military phase in 1981, any popular scholar was called a reactionary and considered as misguiding people by the MKO. In the MKO’s view, one must have been either its supporter or he was doomed to be called a hireling of the Islamic Republic and a reactionary.
In an interview with Al-Musawwar in 1981, Massoud Rajavi, the MKO leader, admitted the MKO had killed “6000 hirelings of [Imam] Khomeini”, not 100 people of whom were government officials; they were labelled as reactionaries and doomed to be killed by the MKO just because they were not with the cult.
Why was Martyr Hasheminejad assassinated while he was merely a cultural figure and not a government official?
In the above-mentioned interview, quoted by the MKO’s Mojahed weekly no. 184, Massoud Rajavi boasted that the MKO “managed to put seven Ayatollahs to death by suicide attacks, all of whom being representatives of [Imam] Khomeini in main provinces”.
The seven Ayatollahs were Mihrab Martyrs (Friday prayer leaders assassinated during the prayer), Martyr Hasheminejad and their likes, none of whom were servants of the state. However, in the MKO’s view, they were doomed to death since they enlightened the youth and warned them against the cult’s deviations. In fact, martyr Hasheminejad and his likes were victims of their turning people back to true Islamic values and unveiling the MKO’s hypocrisy. The MKO was based on keeping people ignorant and preventing them from following an expert-facilitated Islam, therefore they found the Islamic scholars the main barrier to their misguiding people.