These are some of the stories covered in this episode of the Iran program:
The sanctity of Persian patriotism
A word you must have heard a lot these days is “Jihad” which is erroneously interpreted at times. Jihad means “to strive for an objective”. There are several different forms of Jihad in Islam; one of which is the combative form. And there’s some strict rules to it; for instance only and only a high ranking religious figure of a very special status has the authority to declare jihad. Even then there are rules; civilians, women, children, invalids or any innocent person must not be harmed! But even that type of Jihad is only authorized when there is absolutely no peaceful solution to a problem. Like when Iraq attacked Iran in 1980. Millions of Iranians of all faiths; not just Muslims, rushed to the rescue of their country, some of them never came back. Today, the land where the martyrs made history is indeed a sacred destination.
A simple trip that turned into a mission
In 2014, a European family of four took a trip to Iran in their RV. Their travel memoir got a lot of attention worldwide. To put it in a nutshell, what started out as a simple trip to Iran, turned into The Iran Project through which this family wanted to relay the true image of Iran as opposed to how Iran was portrayed in the West. What Shahriar Azimi finds out about how this family was treated as a result of their campaigning for Iran will probably give you mixed feelings.