Siavash is a prince in the Shahnameh, a legendary Persian prince from the earliest days of the Persian Empire. He was a son of Kay Kavoos, then Shah of Iran, and due to the treason of his stepmother, Soodabeh (with whom he refused to have a relation and betray his father), exiled himself to Turan where he was killed innocently by order of The Turanian king Afrasiab. He was later avenged by his son Kai Khosrau. He is a symbol of innocence in Persian Literature.
- This treatise is divided into the following sections:
- The Roots of Nowruz
- Bogus claim: Nowruz is a cultural event free of any religious or superstitious connotations that oppose Islamic teachings
- Fire rituals, from Anatolia, Kurdistan to Khorasan
- Fire jumping rituals
- Nowruz according to Zoroastrianism
- The superstitious and polytheistic Haft Sin
- Nowruz Veneration by the Shia clergy
- The Twelfth Imam will emerge on the day of Nowruz
- The day routine of a Shiite on Majusi Nowruz
A young Palestinian student of mine said to me: “Ustadh, I’ve this Shia boy in my class, he said today is Muslim new year. I thought he meant Hijri new year (even that’s a bid’a to celebrate), but his friend told him about Nowruz in the Shia mosque!
Persianised and whitewashed depections (often strangely effaminate) of the Ahlul-Bayt are widespread in Shia regions of Iran and Iraq and elswhere for a reason. It is not just some ‘cultural practice’ that is shunned by Shia scholars, on the contrary, the Shia scholars have sanctified Catholic-esque iconography and saint depiction with their lax views regarding the depiction of human beings, particularly saints.
By Dawud Walid