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MEK Iran is the principal and longest-standing Iranian opposition movement. It later became known as People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). This organization is founded by three Iranian intellectuals on September 6, 1965. This was an era marked by severe repression against the dissidents and political activists. The organization stressed that the real conflict in Iran was not between faiths but between the tyrants (the Shah regime) and the oppressed (the people of Iran - regardless of their faith and ethnicity).

According to MEK Iran, the authentic interpretation of Islam that rejects all forms of fundamentalism which had become the dominant interpretation of the religion in Iran.

Severe social and political restrictions have been set on people and their freedoms and their right to express their beliefs.

MEK Iran has stayed true to their principles and embarked on a long journey to establish freedom and democracy in its country, setting an example of persistence and loyalty that is still admired by Iranians across the globe.

The group, after thorough examination chose democratic Islam as the ideology that could best serves the aspirations of the Iranian people.

It was also concluded that the fight for freedom and democracy cannot be a part-time job that one engages in only during their free time.

MEK Iran was focused on recruiting new members and creating a network of elite cadres from 1965 to 1969. These members could lead the movement through the hard times that would come.

Massoud Rajavi, was among the first people to join the organization. He was a young student who would later become pivotal in shaping the organization’s future. Currently, his wifeMaryam Rajaviis MEK Iran’s principal leader. He joined the organization in the early 1970s, as a student.
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September, 1971 – Present (almost 50 years)

MEK Iran is a peaceful Iranian resistance group. As the democratic alternative to the current Iranian government, it defends Western values such as secularism and women's rights. MEK Iran is also Iran's most active opposition group. It was founded on September 5, 1965, by leftist Iranian students affiliated with the Freedom Movement of Iran.


MEK Iran's Network Gaining Influence Across Iran

Reports from cities and towns throughout the country of Iran indicate significant growth in the measures and thus influence of Resistance Units, a network associated to the Iranian opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq (PMOI/MEK).

The courage shown by MEK Iran is gaining attention across the country these days. Without a doubt, these actions are also becoming a major concern for the ruling mullahs and their crackdown machine.

It goes without saying that the measures seen from MEK Iran are an expression of the will and desire of the entire Iranian society. With more cities witnessing strikes and protests, the regime is extremely worried about more of Iran’s younger generation joining MEK Iran's network.

The regime’s IRGC, Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and judiciary are closely monitoring the Mujahedin-e Khalq, knowing their success is directly linked to the regime’s future. This is especially true considering the regime’s growing isolation in the Middle East and on the international stage.

As a result, the mullahs’ propaganda/fake news apparatus is obviously going the distance to prevent MEK Iran from becoming an even bigger political topic in the media and the internet, especially social media platforms.

The regime understands very well the potential of the entire society turning against their rule, especially following over 40 years of executions, torture, arrests, and unbridled crackdown. This escalates the importance of MEK Iran Resistance Units and the growing possibility of more youths and women linking to this network.

Furthermore, the very presence of the Mujahedin-e Khalq and their ongoing measures proves the existence of a movement providing an alternative to the mullahs’ regime. This is of grave significance considering how Tehran goes the distance to even establish fake opposition movements to degrade the PMOI/MEK’s stature and turn attention away from this main opposition movement. MEK Iran is a member of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) presided by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi.

MEK Iran’s Interpretation of Islam

Mohammad Hanifnejad, Said Mohsen, and Ali-Ashgar Badizadgan founded the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) or (Mujahedin-e Khalq, MEK Iran) on September 6, 1965. It is an organization that fights for a new, democratic Iran. Its an interpretation of Islam is different from the interpretation of the mullahs.

The current leader of MEK Iran, described the interpretation of the Koran by the mullahs as "mechanical and deterministic". In contrast, PMOI / MEK Iran believes that genuine Islam is so dynamic that it never prevents social progress. It does not oppose science, technology, and civilization, but values ​​and promotes them.

Maryam Rajavi, the leader of MEK, explains that during the twenty-three-year-long mission of the Prophet Muhammad, Quran verses were sometimes declared "mansouke" (obsolete). Some verses on social and economic issues changed in the early years of the Prophet's rule, in line with some changes in society and advances in culture and social relations. In the last years of the Prophet Muhammad's life, new verses that provided a more advanced treatment of such matters were revealed.

This explains why only 600 verses of the Quran, less than 10 percent, deal with edicts. The limited number of edicts shows that the purpose of the Quran was not to legislate for society and humanity instead of human beings.

The Quran eliminated the obstacles to social evolution. As the Quran says: it is about eliminating the chains and shackles of human beings which are already subjected by oppressive rulers and regimes. In doing so, humans could formulate their way of life in accordance with their specific historical conjuncture, and in complete freedom and awareness.

Edicts & rules of conduct

Islam is an ideology with a comprehensive vision of existence, society, and history, rather than a collection of edicts and rules of conduct on social, political and economic issues.

The fundamentalists interpret the edicts, precept and temporal rules as an immutable dogma. The opposition to Iran's Regime, MEK Iran believes that neither the Quran nor Islam supports the claim that they are inalterable and must be implemented at all times. Rather, the Quran emphasizes that social and economic edicts must be formulated at each particular time to prevent decadent and anti-counterrevolutionary forces from stopping the advance of human society.

The vision of MEK Iran, since its founding by Massoud Rajavi, is that the rigid and reactionary interpretation of Islam, exemplified by Khomeini (Founder of the "Islamic Republic of Iran", supreme leader of the regime and its fundamentalist clerics) is not Islamic and is contrary to the spirit of Islam.

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