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  1. hello which is the official language of Iran (currently 2016)? Farsi, Urdu or Persian?
  2. This is a long article by the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36431160 The thing to remember is that U.S. government disclosures at the time and BBC news were managed with specific policy goals in mind. Today the release of some documents (and very likely not others) is likely to present a partial and policy directed view of history, rather than what appears at first glance as a dispassionate and neutral perspective.
  3. (bismillah) (salam) Does anyone know if it is legal for an American citizen to adopt a child from Iran?
  4. AOA everyone please help me regarding the ziarat to IRAN. im planning to go to IRAN with my mum. please guide which airline and hotel to choose while maintaining the budget.
  5. Reflected beauty of Masjid-e-Jāmeh Isfahān #Iran #photography of #TheSilkRoad by BrumD Dr Sam Willis All Seljuk History ‏@allseljuk May 16 Jameh Masjid mosque İran Sultan Malik Shah I (1072–1092) #Seljuk #İran Lost Islamic History, Matthew Ward, TRT AVAZ and out of stand'Arts The dazzling dome of Isfahan #Iran - one of the great jewels on #TheSilkRoad #photography by Mohammed Reza Dr Sam Willis and Lost Islamic History Glorious calligraphy in tiles, framing the mihrab, Isfahan, Iran #photography of #TheSilkRoad by Artsor Dr Sam Willis and Lost Islamic History
  6. I've heard that the Houthis' of Yemen are a branch of Shia called "fivers". They are different from Iranian Shia called "twelvers" as they believe in only the first five imams. I've heard that the Houthis' have good relations with Iran even though they have different Shia beliefs. Is Iran assisting the Houthis'? And also, is their a possibility of war between Saudi Arabia and Iran in Yemen?
  7. Iranian Military Structure Iran Has 3 Kind of Armed forces, fighting with 3 different strategies, 3 different structure which makes hard for enemy to design an attack strategy! Iran's military structure is broken up into three branches, with the Ayatollah "˜Ali Khamene'i as the commander-in-chief: Islamic Republic of Iran Army (the Artesh), Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Basij Resistance Force.[vi] In 1992, Iran established a new single office for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the General Command of the Armed Forces Joint Staffs, which effectively placed the Artesh and the IRGC under common command.[vii] Altogether, the forces total approximately 545,000 active personnel and 350,000 reserve personnel. The Iranian armed forces consist of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army, Islamic Republic of Iran Navy,[18] Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, and the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Defense Force. The regular armed forces have an estimated 425,000 personnel: the Islamic Republic of Iran Army, 350,000 personnel; the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy, 18,000 personnel, and the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force, 52,000 airmen.[5] The Islamic Republic of Iran Air Defense Force is a branch split off from the IRIAF.[19] The Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution, or Revolutionary Guards, has an estimated 120,000 personnel in five branches: Its own Navy,[18] Aerospace Force, and Ground Forces; and the Quds Force (special forces).[5] The Basij is a paramilitary volunteer force controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards. Its membership is a matter of controversy. Iranian sources claim a membership of 12.6 million, including women, of which perhaps 3 million are combat capable. There are a claimed 2,500 battalions of which some are composed of full-time personnel.[20] GlobalSecurity.org quotes a 2005 study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies estimating 90,000 active-duty full-time uniformed members, 300,000 reservists, and a total of 11 million men that can be mobilised if need be .[21] Main article: Cyberwarfare in Iran It has been reported that Iran is one of the five countries that has a cyber-army capable of conducting cyber-warfare operations. It has also been reported that Iran has immensely increased its cyberwarfarecapability since the post presidential election un-rest.[22][23][24][25][26] Furthermore, China has accused the United States of having initiated a cyber war against Iran, through websites such as Twitter andYouTube and employing a hacker brigade for the purpose of fomenting unrest in Iran.[27][28] It has also been reported in early 2010, that two new garrisons for cyberwarfare have been established at Zanjan andIsfahan.[29]
  8. I wonder if the Quran says stone women to death when they do something bad is that part corupted or is it just made up. Thanks for letting me know. I also wonder if the Quran can have been curupted. Why do islamic contries kill people
  9. The phrase 'The Great Satan', Persian شيطان بزرگ Shaytân-e Bozorg , is most likely the most misunderstood phrase that has ever existed in the history of humanity (maybe equal with the Western, non muslim understanding of the term 'jihad'). This phrase was used a lot during the Islamic Revolution of Iran in 1979 by Imam Khomeni(ra) and others. This phrase was used as a tool by the US Government to paint Imam Khomeni(ra), the Islamic Revolution, and Iran in general as a facist, lunatic nation full of people who were bloodthirsty and wanted to do genocide against the American and more in General the Western Population. This is a tool that is still being used today. See See Wikipedia (and why it should never be used as a reliable source) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Satan The Great Satan (Persian شيطان بزرگ Shaytân-e Bozorg) is a derogatory epithet for the United States of America in some Iranian foreign policy statements And most people won't read any further than that. It is saying that the Great Satan is the United States, meaning the country and everything and everyone in it. New York Time http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/02/world/middleeast/us-remains-the-great-satan-hard-liners-in-iran-say.html The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, announced plans to expand the reach of Iran’s missiles and warned that despite the nuclear deal, America was still the “same Great Satan.” The myth created by the media is that Iran (post Revolution) is a malevolent force which is 'hell bent' on destroying the United States and every man, women, and child in it. This myth is the most effective weapon in the arsenal of the real 'Great Satan' in order to get the American people and other Western people to act in ways that are irrational and actually harm these same people. WHO IS THE 'GREAT SATAN' ? The real 'Great Satan' is comprised on an elite group of individuals who are morally bankrupt and have a large amount of power and influence over government, the media, and corporations and use this power to further their own ends and goals and could not care less who they harm or who they destroy in the process. WHO WAS THE FIRST WORLD LEADER TO DISCUSS THIS ? Hint, it wasn't Imam Khomeni(ra) In fact, it was former President of the United States John F. Kennedy. He used the phrase 'Secret Societies' but he was talking about the same group. WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE ? DO WE KNOW THEIR NAMES. Actually, no. Some brothers and sisters have been here talking about the Bilderbergs, Illuminati, Knights Templar, etc, etc. These organizations are just covers and some are actually set up by the 'Great Satan' in order to throw us off track and trick us. We know who they are, not by their names, but by what they do. This game of 'let's track people down, spends hundreds of hours watching Alex Jones, etc, et al is misguided and will only waste your time. This group can change names, change people, even change governments in the blink of an eye. So don't spend time focusing on these things. IS THE 'GREAT SATAN' ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES ? No, but the US has the greatest concentration of these people. There are reasons for this. First, you will always find these people in the place which is the center of power and influence. Today, in 2016, this is the United States (sort of obvious to most people), being the sole 'World Power' in existence after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In addition, in the United States these people have the greatest ability to get resources and also to operate in complete secrecy, because they have the 100% support of the government at the Federal, State, and Local levels. IF WE DON"T KNOW WHO THEY ARE, HOW CAN WE FIGHT THEM ? This is the main point. We basically see two groups of brothers and sisters (this is the majority) and both are not acting correctly. 1) Those who waste their lives trying to 'track down' and 'call out' these people and believe that everything is a conspiracy 2) Those who completely ignore this subject. Both approaches are wrong and both these approaches lead to the furtherance of the goals of this group. In fact, Imam Khomeni(ra) showed us the way forward in how to fight this group, which was the reason why he was so maligned and attacked. Iran was and still is the only country on planet earth that has freed itself from the domination of this group and continues to pursue a policy of active resistance. The formula is 1) Awareness We should be aware that this group exists and that they are very powerful and they are actively fighting against true Islam and teaching of Ahl Al Bayt(a.s) from being spread and gaining influence in the world. Because we are followers of Ahl Al Bayt(a.s), it means that they are acting against us, specifically us. They use various institutions of government, media, military, and corporations for this purpose. At the same time, we should work to spread awareness of the true Islam and teaching of Ahl Al Bayt(a.s) in whatever way on on whatever forum we can. 2) Non Cooperation If we see any group that is promoting a program, product, business, project, etc that is against teachings of Ahl Al Bayt(a.s), we should not cooperate with them. We should not be involved in the program, we should not support the business, we should not buy the product. If we are regular viewers or listeners to a channel or program that is constantly spouting anti-Islamic or anti-Shia we should not listed to this program or channel, even if they have other programs on that we enjoy. If we can get by in our lives without involving ourselves in the system of Riba(usury) that is the main tool used by the "Great Satan" then we should do that (although most of us can't but we should try). If there is no candidate that supports our morals and our values, then we shouldn't vote. 3) Active Resistance If we see injustice happening (thulm) and we have the ability, withing the guidelines of hukm sharia (Islamic Law) set down by our Marjaa', to stop it, then we should stop it.
  10. Salam all, I uploaded a new vlog on Iran's F-14 and the hunt for spare parts. Hope you like it and would appreciate any feedback. If you have suggestions for other topics, please let me know. Description: Iran Military Vlog episode 4 discusses the IRIAF's endeavor to keep its fleet of F-14As flying. Under the Shah, Iran became the only country in the world authorized to purchase the interceptor aircraft as a joint US-Iranian project to deter habitual incursions by the Soviet Union. Following the Islamic Revolution in 1979, all maintenance support for the Tomcat ended and a sanctions regime denied Iran all access to spare parts. Because the F-14's sensitive maintenance knowledge was denied to Iran as part of the initial deal, the Tomcat was expected to remain non-operational. This vlog problematizes that enduring myth.
  11. Naturally take some of the claims with a pinch of salt, but overall very interesting
  12. The difference between Iran's Islam the one of Saudi Arabia. Watch it here if you can't use youtube: http://masaf.ir/View/Video/1265/%D8%A7%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%88-%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A8%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86-shia%20muslim or here on youtube:
  13. Salam brothers and sisters. I wonder how I get closer to Allah and how I feel that Allah is with me. PS can yall give me some proof that God exists. Guys Can yall give me proof that Imam Ali was the true Imam and were the Caliphs good? Why does Islamiclaws in this world kiling people when Islam came to solve problems has the bad parts of Quran been curupted? Is music and dancing halal and is basketball halal how do I learn to pray on farsi like a shia. Thankyou guys may Allah bless u all
  14. Conflict & Justice Canada wants to revive diplomatic ties with Iran PRI's The World April 11, 2016 · 1:45 PM EDT By Matthew Bell (follow) 1 facebook Share on Facebook twitter Share on Twitter share Comment IMG_7804.jpg Soudeh Ghasemi, left, and Bijan Ahmadi are among the Iranian Canadians in Toronto who hope that Canada will normalize relations with Iran sooner than later. Credit: Matthew Bell The Canadians want to turn the page with Iran. And they’re taking a very different approach than their friends in the United States. Months after it went into effect, the Iran nuclear deal brokered by the Obama administration is attracting no small amount of flak, with some of the criticism even coming from the two signatories themselves. President Barack Obama recently faulted Tehran for failing to live up to the spirit of the nuclear deal by continuing with actions like its most recent round of missile tests. Meanwhile, Iranian leaders have dismissed the notion that the nuclear agreement would mark the start of a new closer relationship between the Islamic Republic and its longtime US enemies. A closer relationship is precisely what Canada's Justin Trudeau wants. Four years ago, it was a different story. The previous Canadian government — led by the Conservative Party — abruptly closed its embassy in Tehran and cut off diplomatic relations with the Iranians. Now, Trudeau's Liberal Party is running the show in Canada. And the government says it wants to normalize relations with Iran. Conservative Party leaders in Ottawa gave several reasons for abruptly cutting off relations with Iran in 2012. They cited Iran’s nuclear activities, its funding for Middle East terrorist groups, and its threats against the State of Israel. That might sound like solid reasoning. But Stephane Dion, the new Canadian foreign minister, says it was all a big mistake. “Canada’s severing of ties with Iran had no positive consequences for anyone: not for Canadians, not for the people of Iran, not for Israel, and not for global security,” Dion said last month. Currently, official Canadian business with Iran is conducted with the help of Italian diplomats in Iran. Dion said the arrangement doesn’t make sense. “Let’s not forget that the world was lucky that Canada had an embassy in Iran at the end of the 1970s so it could come to the aid of the American hostages. Two films have been made about this, one not very good, made by Hollywood, and the other much better, called Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper.” Soudeh Ghasemi agrees with Dion’s assessment. She’s a 32-year-old accountant, born in Iran, who lives and works in Toronto. More than anything, Ghasemi says closing the Canadian embassy in Tehran has effectively punished ordinary Iranian Canadians and their relatives who still live in the Islamic Republic. “Like my grandparents,” she says. “They came to Canada before, once, when the Canadian embassy was open in Iran. But they can’t do that anymore, because they can’t travel to Turkey to get ... paperwork done.” Toronto is home to about 100,000 Iranians who settled in the area in waves over the decades, going back even before the 1979 Iranian revolution. And for them, too, the closing of the Iranian embassy in Canada has meant headaches. When Iranians in Canada need to get official paperwork sorted out for travelling to Iran or doing business there, the closest place they can do it is Washington, DC. The Pakistani Embassy there contains an Iranian Interests Section, which functions as a de facto diplomatic outpost for Iran’s government in the US — and since the closure of the embassy in Ottawa, Canada as well. And for Iranians, getting a visa to enter the US is rarely easy. But Bijan Ahmadi, a 29-year-old Toronto real estate developer who was born in Iran, says this is not just a matter of convenience. “Establishing a dialogue and diplomatic relations between Iran and Canada, it does not mean that these two countries are each other’s friends,” Ahmadi says. “It just means that there is a dialogue between these two countries. Both of them can actually stand on their positions regarding different issues and still talk to each other.” That is how you how you get things done, says Ahmadi and other like-minded Iranian Canadians. It’s also how you promote human rights in a country with a dismal track record like Iran’s. Besides, it’s good for business, too. Ahmadi and Ghasemi are both board members with a networking group in Toronto called the Iranian-Canadian Congress. They pointed out that their opinions represent their own views and not the official position of the organization. About once a month, the group sponsors a pub night for members and others to get together and have drinks, hang out and get to know each other. Arman Ahmadi (no relation to Bijan) is a 34-year-old banker who recently became a Canadian citizen. At a recent pub night event, he told me how excited he is about doing business with Iran. “Not just in banking, but also in every other industry,” he said. “There are major opportunities for Canadian companies in Iran.” “Iran has been deprived of investments for three decades now and there is like huge potential for growth,” Ahmadi said. Other young Iranians in Canada agree that the sky’s the limit. They look at Iran and see a country that’s beginning to access to the global financial system and see great promise. But not everyone is so sanguine. Ardeshir Zarezadeh works on immigration issues in Toronto. He’s also an outspoken advocate for human rights inside Iran, in part because of what he went through himself. “I was a leading student activist back in the country for years. And I had a role in Iranian student uprising in July 1999,” Zarezadeh said. “I was arrested 12 times. I spent two years in solitary confinement. I got seven years' jail sentence. And I had to flee the country.” Zarezadeh said that having a dialogue with Iran is fine, but he thinks the regime in Tehran is not capable of real reform. Canada needs to be aware of this, he said, and not be naïve. Zarezadeh said he wants Canada, the US and the rest of the international community to put more pressure on Iran to make fundamental changes in the way the government treats its people. He worries that doing business and making nice with Iran could end up giving the regime a free pass. Link/source to article:http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-04-11/canada-wants-revive-diplomatic-ties-iran
  15. So, i want to perform a social experiment. I want to gather as much ridiculous Wahabi Fatwas as possible that we see online. And trust me i have seen some really out of this world and totally just crazy, crazy fatwas by these Wahabi Thugs. The only condition is that they have to be in video format and if possible with English translations for all of us to enjoy the monkey show. #5291 - Saudi Cleric Ali Al-Malki: West Tampers with Burgers, Whiskey to Induce Birth of Girls among Muslims (Archival) http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/5291.htm - This idiot read an article in China, never mentions the articles name, no source, who wrote it, who translated it, what exactly was mentioned in article but is willing to testify in front of God on day of judgement that since he read it in an article it must be true. I mean i am lost with words to be able to describe the shallowness of the intellect of this man and these are men who declare us Kafir and pray for us in the mosques to die and rot in hell.
  16. Salam, There was a demonstration of so called military aircraft of Iran, named f-313 a few years ago. It was ridiculed by the west and it mostly looked like a mockup. http://theaviationist.com/2013/02/04/iran-plane-cannot-fly/ http://www.thewire.com/global/2013/02/iran-new-stealth-fighter-jet-fake/61781/ Is there any news on this? And what was the reason for this really, if it was a fake?
  17. Analysis and Narration done by an Azerbaijani(from the country of Azerbaijan):
  18. Salam, Does anybody here know about Sayed Sistani's brother? All i can find on the internet is these pictures; Someone says that he is killed by Iranian regime. Is this true?
  19. EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Iranian Convert to Judaism Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | Elizabeth Blade RELATED STORIES France: Israel Will Attack Iran Ahmadinejad plays innocent: I would never nuke Israel! Israel nabs Iranian spying in Tel Aviv Topics: Iran As the events of the past few months have demonstrated, anti-Semitism hasn’t gone away. In fact, it’s getting stronger. While many Jews prefer to hide their identity for fear of persecution, some people are ready to sacrifice everything they hold dear in order tobecome Jewish. Israel Today spoke to one such person, a young Iranian woman living in Germany who fell in love with Judaism and Israel. Her real name cannot be revealed for security reasons. Israel Today: You were born a Shia Muslim. How is it that you fell in love with Judaism and Israel? Tannaz: I was born in Tehran back in the 1980s to Muslim parents, though they never saw themselves as such. With the eruption of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 life became very difficult for them. My father, who’s an intellectual, felt particularly in danger given the fact that the new regime of the ayatollahs didn’t tolerate people like him. Witnessing public punishments, tortures, blood and executions, my parents didn’t want their kids to grow up in an Islamic state that radiated fear. That’s why they decided to flee to Germany, hoping that one day – when the Islamic clerics are toppled – they will come back to Iran. This, however, hasn’t happened. Even though I totally integrated into German society and identify myself as German, I never felt truly connected to this new home, although I am very grateful to this country for giving me and my family much needed shelter. I started looking for my real identity. IT: And you found it in Judaism, even though it’s so unpopular to be Jewish nowadays? Tannaz: I was never taught to hate the Jewish people or Israel, the opposite is true. My father has always told me stories about his Jewish friends that he left in Iran. IT: But to actually become a Jew? Tannaz: It was only the beginning of the process. My love for Israel intensified the more I learnt about this country. Six years ago, when I was still attending college, a friend of mine who was doing research about Israel invited me to visit the country and I couldn’t resist the temptation. But I was in for a bumpy ride because the moment I landed at Ben Gurion airport, I was taken in for questioning that lasted eight hours. The officer, who checked my German passport, noticed that I was born in Tehran and was convinced that I was working for the Iranian intelligence service. IT: How did you go through this humiliation? Tannaz: It was a very traumatic experience and at some point I called the German embassy in Tel Aviv and begged them to get me out of this horrible country. But that nightmare left me curious and I made up my mind to come back and explore Israel. This time around I applied for various internship programs, hoping that they would give me a glimpse of Israel. Ironically enough, the only internship program that agreed to take me in was a Palestinian NGO. IT: So instead of exploring Israel, you ended up exploring the West Bank? Tannaz: Correct. I stayed with a Palestinian family from Jerusalem and got very influenced by their powerful propaganda machine. I have to admit that for two years I was on their side. But that was also because I didn’t have the chance to “enter” Israeli society and to interact with Israelis. IT: How did that change? Tannaz: I have always been a thinking person. I never swallowed everything the media or the people around me were trying to feed me. I was extremely irritated by the fact that every time Palestinians would speak about Israelis, they would use the word “Jews”. It hurt me to hear that, simply because I was brought up in Germany where people are taught to remember the Holocaust. At some point I realized that I was tired of the Palestinian stance: the constant whining and pinning the blame on everyone but themselves. I was tired of their negative approach. At the same time, I was afraid to talk to Israelis, thinking they would push me away because of my origin. I overcame this obstacle only in 2012, when a group of peace activists launched the famous campaign Israel Loves Iran. Shortly after, Israelis started adding me as a friend on Facebook and several of them have even invited me over. IT: What was the most striking revelation for you when you got to know Israelis? Tannaz: That they are so much like Persians: they have the Middle Eastern flair but they are modern and open minded. I realized that Israel is the place I wanted to be. IT: Was it at this time that you decided to convert? Tannaz: I can’t put my finger on when exactly it happened but that was definitely before anyone told me that the process of conversion would be such a nightmare [laughing]. I made up my mind that I wanted to convert while I was on a trip outside of Germany but the moment I came back to the country I was paralyzed by fear. IT: What kind of thoughts were running through your mind? Tannaz: I was afraid to go through the process of conversion and immigration and end up having no decent job in Israel. This would mean that I would need to go back to Germany and live there as a Jewish woman, which often means that I would have to hide my real identity. But I didn’t want to live in a lie. IT: Is it that scary to be Jewish in Germany? Tannaz: Anti-Semitism is definitely on the rise in Europe. It got particularly fierce last summer during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge. But apart from this, a lot of Europeans feel that they are losing their identity and that their countries no longer belong to them. Only recently thousands took to the streets to vent anger at Muslim immigrants, who – as they see it – don’t integrate into their society, but the truth is that the Jewish people are also on their target list. They might use their anti-Islamic stance as a cover, in a bid to gain more supporters, but their ideology goes against everything non-German. IT: In your opinion, what’s the root of this anti-Semitic sentiment? Tannaz: It is natural for people to sympathize with the weak, the underdog. Palestinians are winning the media war because they successfully managed to create the image of the oppressed people. Unfortunately, many people in the West don’t have the time or the energy to understand the conflict, to dig and ask inconvenient questions, so they end up relying on media, which is largely biased. IT: Where do you currently stand with the process of your conversion? Tannaz: I am struggling with my dilemma but if (or when) I convert, I will make sure to keep it as a secret from my family in Iran whose lives would be endangered. Link/source: http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/26211/Default.aspx
  20. i am planing ziarat trip to iran with my family in April 2016, I need help help in booking hotel accomodation in Mashad and QOM. I will appreciate if any one can help me in this regard.
  21. BBC Trending Iranian youth get app to dodge morality police By BBC TrendingWhat's popular and why 9 February 2016 Gershad Image captionIf Iranians get on the wrong side of an Ershad patrol their evening out can end very fast. An anonymous team of Iranian app developers have come up with a solution to help young fashion conscious Iranians avoid the country's notorious morality police known in Persian as "Ershad" or guidance. Ershad's mobile checkpoints which usually consist of a van, a few bearded men and one or two women in black chadors, are deployed in towns across Iran and appear with no notice. Ershad personnel have a very extensive list of powers ranging from issuing warnings and forcing those they accuse of violating Iran's Islamic code of conduct, to make a written statement pledging to never do so again, to fines or even prosecuting offenders. The new phone app which is called "Gershad" (probably meaning get around Ershad instead of facing them) however, will alert users to checkpoints and help them to avoid them by choosing a different route. The data for the app is crowdsourced. It relies on users to point out the location of the Ershad vans on maps and when a sufficient number of users point out the same point, an alert will show up on the map for other users. When the number decreases, the alert will fade gradually from the map. Twitter/@nim The app uses data from users to pinpoint where mobile checkpoints have been placed. In a statement on their web page the app's developers explain their motives in this way: "Why do we have to be humiliated for our most obvious right which is the right to wear what we want? Social media networks and websites are full of footage and photos of innocent women who have been beaten up and dragged on the ground by the Ershad patrol agents." "Police need to provide security for the citizens not to turn into a factor for fear. A while ago, angry with such unreasonable oppressions, we looked for a solution to find a practical way to resist the volume of injustices peacefully with low risk level, to restore part of our freedom." The app has rapidly become a hot topic on Iranian social media, with users generally welcoming it as an innovative way to avoid a potentially unpleasant encounter with the guardians of national virtue. "This is great," said one comment. Another posted: "This is a good and interesting idea. I just hope that the security level is also high so that no one can track down the person who reported the location of Ershad". On Twitter, one user wrote: "I don't really care if the application works or not but each download is a protest." But another was concerned that the app could have unintended consequences: "I don't agree with what Ershad patrol does. But with Gershad, they are disturbing the police activities. What if there is an app asking everyone to show the traffic police's location - the result will be car accidents" And a cleric tweeted: "God has ordered us to encourage people to do good, and forbid them from doing wrong, and the way to do it is not the morality police. But the way to solve the morality police issue is not this app either. I am worried about the impact of this work in the future." According to the designers of Gershad, in 2014 alone, around three million people were issued with official warnings, 18,000 were prosecuted and more than 200,000 were made to write formal pledges of repentance. Follow BBC Trending on Facebook Join the conversation on this and other stories here. The range of offences which Ershad patrols deal with are extensive. From wearing too much makeup in public to wearing too little Hijab or head cover for women, to what is called western influenced hair style and trendy clothing for men. Just exactly what amounts to immoral behaviour, can be widely open to the interpretation of the Ershad agent on the spot. So buying your clothes and or makeup from authorised shops, won't necessarily keep you out of trouble. If an Ershad agent sees the combination unfit according the Sharia code of conduct, you can still end up being warned or even prosecuted. Also, if you're caught walking or riding with your opposite sex friend, you still could end up being stopped, questioned and prosecuted by Ershad because that's another violation of Islamic code of conduct. If the app, lives up to the claims made for it, Gershad will be a lifesaver for the growing numbers of young Iranians who are pushing the boundaries of what is allowed and finding themselves on the wrong side of what an Ershad agent sees as acceptable. Blog by Amir Azimi Link/source: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-35533287
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