Mohammad Ali Taheri

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Mohammad Ali Taheri
Born (1956-03-21) March 21, 1956 (age 64)
Kermanshah, Iran
OccupationFounder of a New Age version of Shiite Islam,[1] Shiite mystic,[1] the religious mystic,[1] Others have referred to him as founder of a religious cult,[2] Founder of a “satanic” and “deviant sect.[3]” The founder of institute called Erfan Keyhani (Halqeh) to teach Interuniversal Mysticism and two complementary medicines of Faradarmani and Psymentology.</ref> https://cosmointel.com/about-founder/. He is also the founder of Taheri Academy in Canada.
NationalityIranian
Website
www.mataheri.comwww.cosmointel.com

Mohammad Ali Taheri (born March 21, 1956, in Kermanshah, Iran) is founder of a New Age version of Shiite Islam,[1] Shiite mystic,[1] the religious mystic,[1] Founder of Erfan-e-Halgheh mysticism [1][4] and two complementary medicine treatments Faradarmani[5] and Psymentology,[6] as well as the Theoretical Concept of Consciousness field[7] and Consciousness Bond.

Others have referred to him as founder of a religious cult,[2] Founder of a “satanic” and “deviant sect.[3]

Taheri has avoided making a direct link between his receptions and the divine revelations of the prophets. Nothing in his writing or his teachings warrant making a distinction between the two. "[S]ome of his followers ... consider him to be nothing less than a prophet".[8]

Imprisonment[edit]

Mohammad Ali Taheri was arrested in 2010 by the Revolutionary Guards Intelligence Service on charges of acting against national security. He was also charged with corruption on earth at the beginning of his detention, but this was denied due to lack of documentation.[9]

On May 4, 2011, he was sentenced on charges of “founding a religious cult”.[10] insulting the sacred, interfering with medical practice, "presenting himself as an expert on medicine without having any background in the field"(IHRDC 25 Oct. 2013)[8] and “carrying out illegal medical procedures.”,[11] “gaining unlawful wealth”,[12] “distribution of audio-visual products and use of academic titles.”,[11] “earning illegitimate funds,”,[11] “touching the wrists of female patients”,[13] and ‘spreading corruption on earth’.[10] Others say his conviction has nothing to do with proselytizing for a cult, saying he has had “illegitimate” sexual relations with women [1] and has committed “sodomy”.[1]

Taheri was interrogated again in the summer of 2014 on charges of corruption on earth, and was eventually sentenced to death in court in May 2015. The UN high commissioner for Human Rights called this death sentence an “absolute outrage”.[14] Support for the death penalty came from a vote by some scholars: Makarem Shirazi, Safi Golpayegani and Alavi Gorgani considered Taheri an apostate. The reasons for this apostasy included considering imams as fallible, ridiculing the Mahdism, promoting incarnation theory and touching a female patient's hand during treatment.[9] Taheri's admirers and students engaged in many activities for his freedom [15] and the sentence has been changed to five years' imprisonment and a 900 million Toman fine.[9]

United Nation Human Rights condemned Taheri's imprisonment many times in its reports during his arrest period.[16]

He was due to be released on February 7, 2016, after serving a full five-year sentence and paying the fine, when he was prevented from being released on new charges being brought.[9] Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Ahmadzadeh, convicted Taheri on charges of corruption on earth on February 27, 2017; this conviction was overturned by Branch 33 of the Supreme Court for the second time.[17]

He was charged with corruption on earth for the third time in August 2018 by Judge Abolqasim Salavati in Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court on a charge of five years' imprisonment; this charge should have been re-examined by the appeals court, but this never took place. In September 2018 Taheri was charged again with apostasy, false propaganda and association and collusion against national security. In a letter to Ahmad Shahid, a former UN human rights rapporteur for Iran, Taheri reported that he had been forced to fabricate confessions through psychological pressure and torture by IRGC interrogators.[9][18][19][20][21]

Taheri, in a letter to the Iranian president on January 13, 2019, called for the removal of Iranian citizenship in protest against injustice.[9][18][19][clarification needed]

Release[edit]

In April 2019, he was released after seven and a half years of his last arrest.[22] After his release, he left Iran and sought and was subsequently granted asylum in Canada on March 8, 2020.[23]

Books[edit]

Several of his books were published with permission from Iran's Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry.[24]

  • Human from another outlook (2011) ISBN 9781939507006
  • Halqeh Mysticism (Inter-universal Mysticism, Vol. 1) (2013) ISBN 9781939507105
  • Human worldview (2013) ISBN 9781939507112
  • Non-organic beings (2013) ISBN 9781939507129

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/28/world/middleeast/mohammad-ali-taheri-iran-death-sentence-mystic-healer-shiite-mystic.html
  2. ^ a b https://www.rferl.org/a/us-concerned-death-sentence-iran-spiritual-leader-taheri/28711455.html
  3. ^ a b https://www.state.gov/report/custom/7d7b9f3a2d/
  4. ^ Taheri, Mohammad Ali (April 7, 2013). Halqeh Mysticism (Interuniversal Mysticism, Vol. 1). Interuniversal Press. p. 52. ISBN 1939507103.
  5. ^ Taheri, Mohammad Ali (21 February 2014). "The Purpose of Practicing Faradarmani Treatment; An Iranian Complementary and Alternative Medicine". Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. 114: 75–79. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2013.12.660.
  6. ^ Taheri, Mohammad Ali (9 July 2013). "Definition of Psymentology, an Iranian Complementary and Alternative Medicine". Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. 84: 1534–1549. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2013.06.785.
  7. ^ Taheri, Mohammad Ali; Mizani, Mojdeh (3 July 2013). "The Theory of "Consciousness Field" and "Consciousness Immunity" in Faradarmani". Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. 82: 807–812. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2013.06.353.
  8. ^ a b https://irb-cisr.gc.ca/en/country-information/rir/Pages/index.aspx?doc=454879&pls=1
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Mohammad Ali Taheri". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  10. ^ a b https://editorials.voa.gov/a/spiritual-leader-sentenced-to-death-in-iran/4021256.html
  11. ^ a b c https://www.iranhumanrights.org/2015/07/mohammad-ali-taheri-3/
  12. ^ https://en-vero.org/the-mohamad-ali-taheri-case-may-18-2016/
  13. ^ https://www.uscirf.gov/news-room/releases-statements/uscirf-vice-chair-gayle-manchin-calls-immediate-release-iranian
  14. ^ "UN News 2015". UN News. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  15. ^ "Mohammad Ali Taheri Amnesty". Amnesty. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  16. ^ "UN Reports". UN Human Rights.
  17. ^ "USEmbasy Iran". US virtual embassy Iran. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  18. ^ a b "Mohammad Ali Taheri". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  19. ^ a b "Mohammad Ali Taheri". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  20. ^ The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. "Mohammad Ali Taheri (Released – House Arrest)". Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  21. ^ "Canada should welcome Intrauniversalism founder Mohammad Ali Taheri on humanitarian grounds". The Georgia Straight.
  22. ^ Radio Farda Radio Farda
  23. ^ https://www.uscirf.gov/news-room/releases-statements/uscirf-religious-prisoner-conscience-mr-mohammed-ali-taheri-granted
  24. ^ https://en.radiofarda.com/a/iran-mystic-leader-taheri-death-penalty/28914375.html

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