Saturday, February 18, 2012

Iran’s doctrine of “temporary marriage”


The Imam Reza Shrine in Mash’had with its Golden Dome|

The Iranian regime and its religious authorities—probably one and the same—have developed a particularly cynical doctrine around the Muslim concept of “temporary marriage.”

I’d heard of the practice, but had not known how egregious it had become until I read about Iran’s version in a column by David Frum that was published in Saturday’s National Post.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the world’s oldest civilizations, so I suppose we should not be too surprised to see how fully it has embraced one of the world’s oldest professions.

This unfortunate fact becomes clear after one reads the translation of a July 18, 2010 flyer that recruits virgin women for a brothel located just next door to one of the holiest sites in Iran: the Imam Reza Shrine in Mashad.

The document calls, in part, on “all our sisters who are virgins, who are between the ages of 12 and 35 to cooperate with us.” It says that successful recruits, “will be required to spend at least 25 days of each month temporarily married to those brothers who are on pilgrimage. [emphasis mine] … The period of each temporary marriage can be anywhere between 5 hours to 10 days.”

There then follows a price list as may be found at a taxi stand, which includes this offer, “Our sisters who are virgins will receive a bonus of 100,000 Tomans ($100 US) for the removal of their hymen.”

And to prove the recruiters are not without a sense of social responsibility, the flyer says, “Attention: For sisters who are below 14 years of age, a written consent from their fathers or male guardian is required.” The flyer concludes with, “For further information, please refer to the Quds’eh Razavi website.”

Apparently, even the holiest places in Iran have been corrupted. And while it may be the morally corrupt Islamist regime who offers temporary marriages as a cover for prostitution with women as young as 12 years old, it is the everyday Muslim men who make it possible, for it is they who utilize these services.

And to think Canada accepts immigrants from places like Iran.

© 2012 Russell G. Campbell


  1. Yes Canada does accept immigrants from Iran. Many of them are wonderful Christians who are fleeing for their lives.

    Of course here in Canada we have our own form of temporary marriage for foreigners. Its called the gay divorce act which allows foreign national gays to marry and divorce here in Canada without recognition from the nation in which they reside.

  2. The rulers of Iran are destroying the boundaries between good and evil. It's not a matter of if, but when this regime collapses. They are very much like the Nazi's and they will meet the same fate. The dilemma the rest of the world faces is stopping them from acquiring nuclear weapons. Unlike other totalitarian regimes, this one is not concerned about preserving the lives of it's own citizens and that makes them incredibly dangerous. The world appeased Hitler and 50 million died as a result. If Iran develops a nuclear strike force, the rest of the region will go nuclear as a deterrent. The wild card is the rulers of Iran may believe a nuclear holocaust will serve their long term goals. It's a terrifying scenario that can be stopped if the world unites against them. Sadly, that's not going to happen.

  3. Just wondering. After their first encounter (or temporary marriage), the girls are no longer virgins. Are they then out of a job or would it then be false advertising?

    Old Lady