Interview with Parsin, By The Pakistani Spectator
Posted by Parsin on April 23, 2008
The Pakistani Spectator made an interview with me and published it today in here. I would like to appreciate them and particularly Ghazala Khan for giving me this chance. It was a wonderful experience for someone like me who is new to English blogs.
Would you please tell us something about you and your site?
Yes, the site is called Persia, and it is mainly about politics, life, and religion as I understand them. I am a Muslim from Iran, and I have lived in US for more than a decade. I was a university student and have been into many places in US. I found Americans one of the most religious people in the world. They are mostly nice, kind, and honest people. However, I must say that the politicians are completely different. In my belief US politics, and in specific its foreign policy, is mainly in the hands of Jewish Lobby. They push US government into problems that are not even in the interest of US people. One of my purposes in this blog is to discuss these issues.
On the other hand, based on my Islamic faith I deeply believe in universal brotherhood and peace. I try to promote this view throughout my posts and comments. I believe all humans are created by the same God and regardless of race, color, nation, and faith we are all humans. Ali Ibn Abitaleb Says “be kind to all people, they are either your brothers (and sisters) in faith or humans like you”.
Do you feel that you continue to grow in your writing the longer you write? Why is that important to you?
Yes, of course! As you write you get more feedback and you improve your writings. It is important because I am not writing these posts for myself. I expect to write in way that people like it. I want to pass my message in the best possible way.
I’m wondering what some of your memorable experiences are with blogging?
There are many, although I am just in the beginning of this path. Sometimes you find unexpected friends through your posts, and this has been very interesting for me. Blogging society is very similar to our outside world, you find tolerant people and you enjoy communicating with them, and there are some other types as well.
What do you do in order to keep up your communication with other bloggers?
I try to post regularly and participate in comments both in my site and blog sites of others.
What do you think is the most exciting or most innovative use of technology in politics right now?
Of course blog sites nowadays play a big role in reaching the people. In my own country, Iran, those politicians who use blogging and take it serious are usually favorite figures in the politics. I think blogging is a means in the way toward more democracy. And it is more needed in developing countries that the developed ones in this aspect.
Do you think that these new technologies are effective in making people more responsive?
Yes! Certainly, as I mentioned it helps to establish democracy, and in a democratic society people are responsive!
What do you think sets Your site apart from others?
I am a Muslim seeking peace, brotherhood and tolerance. I am not sure if it is apart from others. I have many friends with the similar purpose. However, I also promote the teachings and writings of Ali Shari’ati. I believe in Islamic Protestantism. Of course not in a way that took place in the west. I deeply believe in Shari’ati . Shari’ati was a great advocate of Iqbal Lahori and Jamal’din Assadabadi.
If you could choose one characteristic you have that brought you success in life, what would it be?
Faith in God !
What was the happiest and gloomiest moment of your life?
Hard to say! There have been many happy occasions in my life. I love the nature and each time I go hiking it really makes me feel good.
Do you think [the use of Twitter and other social networking tools by politicians] is bandwagon jumping or what?
Yes I think so!
If you could pick a travel destination, anywhere in the world, with no worries about how it’s
paid for – what would your top 3 choices be?
Egypt, India, and China!
What is your favorite book and why?
“Aboudar” written by Jodat’olsahar and translated by Ali Shari’ati. I love the character of this close follower of Prophet Mohammad. Aboudar was a true believer in God and a true Muslim with a simple life! After Prophet Mohammad died, he stood up against those who used religion for their own interests.
What’s the first thing you notice about a person (whether you know them or not)?
Their face! I guess!
Is there anyone from your past that once told you you couldn’t write?
How bloggers can benefit from blogs financially?
I really don’t know. I never thought about it.
Is it true that who has a successful blog has an awful lot of time on their hands?
I don’t think so.
What are your thoughts on corporate blogs and what do you think the biggest advantages and disadvantages are?
I don’t know. I must find out about it.
What role can bloggers of the world play to make this world more friendlier and less hostile?
I guess I answered to this in my previous replies. Bloggers can have a great role in making peaceful and more tolerable world.
Is there one observation or column or post that has gotten the most powerful reaction from people?
Yes, a post about how Americans treat Muslims.
What is your perception about Pakistan and its people?
Iran and Pakistan have many common cultures. We have a great common history. I think Pakistan is a great country; especially this is the country of Iqbal Lahori! I hope that Pakistani politicians could bring peace and comfort to their people.
Have you ever become stunned by the uniqueness of any blogger?
I am new in this field; hopefully, there will be some in the future.
What is the most striking difference between a developed country and a developing country?
This is very hard question! It depends in what aspect you look at the question. I don’t think we can divide countries only based on economic development. There are things that economically developed countries need to learn from developing or less developed countries. I also don’t think that we should follow the same path that developed countries did. They have made a lot of mistakes. We should learn from their wrong doings too.
What is the future of blogging?
You have also got a blogging life, how has it directly affected both your personal and professional life?
It has helped me! Although I have to spend some time but I am more satisfied by what I do!
What are your future plans?
Any Message you want to give to the readers of The Pakistani Spectator?
Peace, Love, Salaam, God Bless all of You!