That is, martyrdom in the Islamic sense: gaining Paradise by killing and being killed, per Qur’an 9:111. And this is in service of a supremacist and expansionist vision: “A seventh-grade textbook encourages students to “not cease until the redeeming message of ‘there is no god but Allah’ is realized throughout the whole world.”
“Iran Educates Children to ‘Seek Martyrdom,'” by Erick Stakelbeck for CBN News (thanks to all who sent this in):
CBNNews.com – During Iran’s war with Iraq in the 1980s, Ayatollah Khomeini sent thousands of Iranian children directly into minefields.
He promised that they’d see heaven as their reward.
Today’s Iranian leadership is quite unpopular with its growing younger generation — the Mullahs are attempting to reclaim this group one textbook at at a time.
This is becoming a common scene in Iran. Pro-democracy Protests against the ruling regime. Just last weekend Tehran University students waved signs that said “live free or die.”
In some ways, this is the new face of Iran– 70 percent of the population is under the age of 30. Many of these Iranians are hungry for the kind of freedoms Americans enjoy. But the Iranian government has other ideas.
“Imagine 225,000, 250,000 even 100,000 kids who have been taught to hate America, hate the West, get ready for martyrdom,” Shayan Arya said.
Shayan Arya’s family left Iran when he was a teenager. He says the government’s educational curriculum teaches children as young as first grade to prepare for war and seek martyrdom.
“You are responsible for learning it–you get tested on it, you have to study it, you have to write papers on it, you have to answer to your teachers, he said.
The Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance recently gave CBN News an exclusive look at some Iranian textbooks. All non-Muslims are portrayed as evil — especially the U.S. and Israel.
A seventh-grade textbook encourages students to “not cease.until the redeeming message of ‘there is no god but Allah’ is realized throughout the whole world.”