My name is Mohammad Massoud Dehdar and I’m from a city called Iranshahr located in Sistan and Baluchestan province. It’s been 27 years since I became a shi’aa. I began doubting when I was 15 and finally at the age of 26 I officially converted.
After the great victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution I started having a wonderful affection towards Imam Khomeini so it led to searching and asking questions and I studied a great deal of books_ Marxists’, bible, old testaments and…
Although changing the way you grew up is truly difficult in addition to our scholars being so fanatic and superficial, and treating us so; when God determines to show someone the true path, every problem will get out of the way.
One day I found a book named “Peshawar Nights” in my uncle’s library. I was so fascinated by the book that even though it was in the middle of our final exams, I finished the book within a week and It made me doubt strongly. After seeing me so wondering, my friends introduced more books to me and I wouldn’t stop asking my questions from every scholars I met. Logically, I almost was certain that shi’ah is the true religion for me and eventually when Imam Khomeini passed away in 1989, I officially converted.
At first I began doing Taqiya until the holy month of Ramadan in which I revealed it to everyone. I never went home again and my father never spoke to me again. My relatives’ oppositions and objections and even threats wouldn’t stop. They actually tried taking me to the mowlavi ,the great scholar of sunnis, and thanks to God I answered properly to every one of his questions.
All people of any religion could be victims to fanaticism. Everyone should consider the possibility of being mistaken. And everyone even shi’aa people should question his or her beliefs and examine his or her religion as it’s all people’s duty.