Unfortunately we Persians/Iranians have missed over centuries to read about our own history. I include myself in this since for many years I was also to be believed that it is the most normal thing in the world for a Persian to be a Muslim. Not because I was brought up in a religious family, on the contrary! But: nobody really talked about it. And I didn´t question it. My questions and my scepticism started at one certain point – but that´s a different story.
If we did read more about it we would have known that when we accept being a Muslim and are even „proud“ to be one or even worse, look down to other Persians who are not or are not willing to be one we are at the same time accepting the FORCEFUL conversion by Arabs to become a Muslim. We accept the fact that Persians who were not Muslims before the Arab invasion were seen and treated as second class citizens (and not only the Persians!)
Furthermore one will observe by some so-called „proud Iranians“ who glorify the anciant Persia together with its Kings of the Kings „Cyrus the Great“ (Kourosh der Grosse) and at the same time hate Jews. When you look back in the history you will find out that it sounds as if a Nazi loves Jews and Hitler at the same time. Meaning: You CANNOT glorify Cyrus the Great and at the same time hate the Jews. Or point your finger at Nazis and ignore that it was way before any German Nazi was even born when Muslims didn´t accept Jews as same class citizens. Or hate Blacks and want to marry one. Or be a vegetarian and go to a BBQ-Party. The article below descripes in a very clear way what we also see in our own lifetime. It is nothing new that whereever Islam gets its feet into power the fairytail of „freedom of religion“ passes away like the blow in the wind. So every each of those who believes he/she is a Muslim or even try to defend Islam should question himself if our own ancestors where not as well at some point in the history the first to be forcefully converted into the „religion“ of Islam. Of course it started at some point. Therefore we ALL Persians who see ourselfes as Muslims or accept Islam as a „peaceful“ fairytail „religion“ betray those who never had a choice. So therefore my question:
Are you Persian or are you a Muslim? You cannot be both!