Unfortunately many Muslims are not aware of the impressive orthodox-Sunni history of Iran . Many don’t know that Iranians, especially Persians since the arrival of Islam (by the Arab, EHTIOPIAN, ROMAN and PERSIAN companions of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alaihi wasallam) to Persia, used to be Muslims (Ahlus Sunnah) and not twelver Shi’ites (Rafidites/Rafidis). In fact the conversion of the people of the Iranian plateau to Islam was a gradual one, and even 300 years after the downfall of the Sassanians there were sizeable Zoroastrian (Parsi) communities in Iran. The Persians were “forced to convert to Islam and attack by “Umar” is nothing but a lie. Never were the Iranian people FORCED to convert to Islam. That is why it took the Iranian nation 300 years to have a substantial Muslim population.
The only thing the noble people of Persia were forced to was the heretical cult of twelver Shi’ism. Rafidi Shi’ism was mainly alien to Iran, except some regions like Qom and Kashan, Qom in fact was “founded” by Saba’ite Arab Yemenites.
Other than that, the Persians used to despise Rafidi Shi’ism and Rafidi Shi’ites with passion, Persians and especially Persian scholars (and even poets like Saadi Shirazi the Sunni-to-the-bone) used to write volumes in defence of the Khulafa’ Al-Rashideen, this can be proven through endless works of Shirazi, Isfahani etc. scholars who compiled volumes over volumes in defence of the creed of the Ahlus Sunnah and the refutation of Rafidi Shi’ism. This plain facts simply destroys the lies by the Shia Rafidi clergy that “Persians became Shia from they dot and despised Abu Bakr, Umar and ‘Uthman radhiyallahu anhum. The same lie has been repeated countless times by Islamophobic Iranians who are happy to adopt Shi’ism as a cover, just for the sake of resisting orthodox Islam, the Islam of Imam Tabari, Ibn Hazm, Abu Hatim Al-Razi Al-Isfahani, Nafe’ Al-Isfahani, Sulayman Ibn Mehran (Al-A’mash), Abu Na’im Al-Isfahani, Saadi Shirazi, Attar, who were all of Persian Ahlus Sunnah origin.
Now, there is no doubt that twelver Shi’ism (especially after the Safavid era) has undergone various changes (into extremes) during history as their major scholars said, what used to be heresy to the Shias of the past is considered from the most essential parts of the Shia religion today. We have chosen the title:
A Saba’ite-Safavid-Sassanid conspiracy forced on Persia, because this is the cocktail of heresy that since the Safavids has been forced on the majority of the Iranians under the pretext of: “Ahl Al-Bayt/Ja’fari/Imami/Shia Twelver” “school of thought”.
Now let’s start with the Sassanid part, and with that we mean the Sassanid/Persian elite, the Majoos (Zoroastrian/Parsi’s) who (along with the Zoroastrian priests) used to suppress the non-royal and non-elite of the Persian society, just like in ancient India, Persia was divided into a caste system. Now these racist Majoos (Sassanid Zoroastrians) who were wiped away by Allah during the reign of Ameer al mu’mineen Hazrat Umar Ibn Al-Khattab radhiyallahu anhu, the Farooq who brought Islam to Iran were not sleeping, they, along with other Zanadiqah (heretics) tried to weaken Islam by any means possible. Now it is true that Shi’ism was started by a Yemenite Jew, and certainly not by Persians, but it is also true that the heresy of Tashayyu’ (Shi’ism) after being propagated by a Yemeni Jew was then adopted by Extremist Azeris (the Safavids) and then finally being advocated by Racist, fashist, Sassanid Persians who saw their chance to destroy Islam from within, especially inside Iran, by adopting and actively supporting Shi’ism, and claiming that the only Islam acceptable for Iranians the Shi’a one.
It did not take much time until Shi’ism after the Safavids was filled with nationalistic Persian elements, in nature absolutely alien to Islam, like the veneration of Zoroastrian festival “Nowrooz” etc all actively advocated by top Shi’a scholars, like Majlisi, the palace scholars of the Safavids .
The Safavids and their forced and brutal conversion of the Muslim Persians (Sunnis) into heresy (Shi’ism) has been well documented.
Race has no place according to the teachings of Islam, the only point that should be made is that even though the Safavids (being of Turkish-Azeri origin) dyed their own Shia version with Persian elements (with the support of Persian Islamophobes who wanted to distort the authentic Islam that covered almost all parts of Persia), they themselves were NOT Persians, neither those who were in charge to convert the Persians (i.e. the scholars). This is important to understand that the original ISLAMIC heritage of Persians was Islam and Sunnah (Ahl As-Sunnah) for over 1000 years of Sunni-Persian history.
For Shiism did not become fully established until the reign of Abbas I of Persia (1587–1629)
As for the Safavids (Azeri non-Persians) and their crimes:
‘Methods of converting Iran’
Imposing Shiism as the state and mandatory religion for the whole nation and much forcible conversions of Iranian Sufi Sunnis to Shiism [Modern Iran: roots and results of revolution. Nikki R Keddie, Yann Richard, pp. 13, 20. The Encyclopedia of world history: ancient, medieval, and modern. Peter N. Stearns, William Leonard Langer, p. 360. Immortal: A Military History of Iran and Its Armed Forces. Steven R Ward, pg.43]
He destroyed Sunni mosques. This was even noted by Tomé Pires , the Portuguese ambassador to China who visited Iran in 1511–12, who when referring to Ismail noted: “He (i.e. Ismail Safawi) reforms our churches, destroys the houses of all Moors who follow (the Sunnah of) Muhammad…” (This is a tradition still practiced by the Shia-Rafidi-Safavid Mullahs of Iran, like under the reign of the AZERI-TURK Khamenei who himself ordered the destruction of the Sheikh Feiz Sunni Mosque of Mashad).
He (Ismail I) enforced the ritual and compulsory cursing of the first three Sunni Caliphs (Abu Bakr, Umar, and Uthman radhiyallahu anhum) as usurpers, from all mosques, disbanded Sunni Tariqahs and seized their assets,
used state patronage to develop Shia shrines , institutions and religious art and imported Shia scholars to replace Sunni scholars. [Sources: A new introduction to Islam. Daniel W Brown, p. 191. Encyclopaedic Historiography of the Muslim World . NK Singh, A Samiuddin, p. 90. The Cambridge illustrated history of the Islamic world. Francis Robinson, p. 72.]
He shed Sunni blood and destroyed and desecrated the graves and mosques of Sunnis. This caused the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid II to advise and ask the young monarch (in a “fatherly” manner) to stop the anti-Sunni actions. However, Ismail was strongly anti-Sunni, ignored the Sultans warning and continued to spread the Shia faith by the sword. [Sources: Immortal: A Military History of Iran and Its Armed Forces. Steven R. Ward, p. 44. Iran and America: re-kindling a love lost]. Badi Badiozamani, pp. 174–5.]
He persecuted, imprisoned and executed stubbornly resistant Sunnis. [Sources:The Cambridge illustrated history of the Islamic world. Francis Robinson, p. 72 . Iraq: Old Land, New Nation in Conflict . William Spencer, p. 51.]
With the establishment of Safavid rule, there was a very raucous and colourful, almost carnival-like holiday on 26 Dhu al-Hijjah (or alternatively, 9 Rabi’ al-awwal ) celebrating the murder of Caliph Umar (radhiyallahu anhu). The highlight of the day was making an effigy of Umar to be cursed, insulted, and finally burned. However, as relations between Iran and Sunni countries improved, the holiday was no longer observed (at least officially …). [Source: Culture and customs of Iran . Elton L Daniel, ‘Alī Akbar Mahdī, p. 185]
In 1501 Ismail invited all the Shia living outside Iran to come to Iran and be assured of protection from the Sunni majority. [Source: Iraq: Old Land, New Nation in Conflict. William Spencer, p. 51.]
The early Safavid rulers took a number of steps against the Sunni Ulema of Iran. These steps included giving the Ulema the choice of conversion, death, or exile [Sources: A new introduction to Islam, By Daniel W. Brown, pg.191^ The Middle East and Islamic world reader, By Marvin E. Gettleman, Stuart Schaar, pg.42^ Immortal: A Military History of Iran and Its Armed Forces, By Steven R. Ward, pg.43]
and massacring the Sunni clerics who resisted the Shia transformation of Iran, as witnessed in Herat. As a result, many Sunni scholars who refused to adopt the new religious direction lost their lives or fled to the neighboring Sunni states. [Sources: The failure of political Islam, By Olivier Roy, Carol Volk, pg.170^ Conceptualizing/re-conceptualizing Africa: the construction of African …, By Maghan Keita, pg.90^ Iran: a short history : from Islamization to the present, By Monika Gronke, pg.90]
As for the Saba’ites (Arab-Rafidite Shia clergy) and Sassanid (Persian Majoos) their crimes:
After the conquest, Ismail began transforming the religious landscape of Iran by imposing Twelver Shiism on the populace. Since most of the population embraced Sunni Islam and since an educated version of Shiism was scarce in Iran at the time, Ismail imported a new Shia Ulema corps from traditional Shiite centers of the Arabic speaking lands, such as Jabal Amil (of Southern Lebanon. Many such devils are still active in Iran, one of them is a truly lunatic and polytheist liar dwelling in Qom, who goes by the name AL-KORANI , Bahrain and Southern Iraq in order to create a state clergy. Ismail offered them land and money in return for loyalty. These scholars taught the doctrine of Twelver Shiism and made it accessible to the population and energetically encouraged conversion to Shiism.
To emphasize how scarce Twelver Shiism was then to be found in Iran, a chronicler tells us that only one Shia text could be found in Ismail’s capital Tabriz. Thus it is questionable whether Ismail and his followers could have succeeded in forcing a whole people to adopt a new faith without the support of the Arab Shiite scholars. The rulers of Safavid Persia also invited these foreign Shiite religious scholars to their court in order to provide legitimacy for their own rule over Persia.
Abbas I of Persia , during his reign, also imported more Arab Shia scholars to Iran , built religious institutions for them, including many Madrasahs (religious schools) and successfully persuaded them to participate in the government, which they had shunned in the past (following the Hidden imam doctrine).
[Sources: The failure of political Islam, By Olivier Roy, Carol Volk, pg.170^ The Cambridge illustrated history of the Islamic world, By Francis Robinson, pg.72^ The Middle East and Islamic world reader, By Marvin E. Gettleman, Stuart Schaar, pg.42^ The Encyclopedia of world history: ancient, medieval, and modern … By Peter N. Stearns, William Leonard Langer, pg.360^ Iran: religion, politics, and society : collected essays, By Nikki R. Keddie, pg.91^ Iran: a short history : from Islamization to the present, By Monika Gronke, pg.90^ Shi‘ite Lebanon: transnational religion and the making of national identities, By Roschanack Shaery-Eisenlohr, pg.12-13^ Science under Islam: rise, decline and revival, By S. M. Deen, pg.37]
Shi’ism did not become fully established until the reign of Abbas I of Persia (1587–1629). Abbas hated the Sunnis , and forced the population to accept Twelver Shiism. Thus by 1602 most of the formerly Sunnis of Iran had accepted Shiism (i.e. Iran is majority Shia for about 400 years only). A significant number (until TODAY > Sunnis of Iran
Under the guidance of Muhammad Baqir Majlisi (1616–98, one of the most important Shiite clerics of all time who openly believed in the distortion of the Qur’an) , who devoted himself to (among other things) the eradication of Sunnism in Iran , the Safavid state made major efforts, in the 17th century to Persianize Shiite practice and culture in order to facilitate its spread in Iran among its Sunni populace. It was only under Majlisi that Shi’a Islam truly took hold among the masses.
Conclusion: The Safavids were a Azeri-Turkish clan that converted to Shi’ism, opposed the Ottomans and used Shi’ism as their tool. They literally massacred the Sunni Persians (and other Iranian people) and forced them into Rafidite-Shi’ism with the help of Arab-Lebanese Rafidite clergy of south Lebanon, Iraq and Bahrain. If anything than the Persians are (generally) victims of Shi’ism for contrary to what many believe, Shi’ism was not started neither carried by Persians, it was carried by Arabs in the past and the Safavid Turks of the past and today (Khamenei is Azeri …) who introduced Shi’ism to Persians and the world with an extra brush of heresy, namely pre-Islamic Zoroastrian-Arab-hating twelver Shi’ism