By The Free Iranian Staff
The publication of an ad about the Multi-Family Skills or Polygamy Workshop has had a wide-ranging impact among Iranians, in social media.
The promotion of polygamy workshops was first published on the Instagram page of the Hayat Hosna Institute. And though the Instagram has now been taken down, the ad does still remains on the organization’s site. The institute was founded in 2011 and lists the founders, without naming names, as “a group of enthusiasts and sympathizers of the Islamic Ummah.”
The institute also collaborates with the Aaftaab’eh Najaf Institute (the Sunshine of Najaf) in Iraq, and during the Shia Arba’een events the participants go through special marriage and intercultural marriage classes aimed at marrying Iranian and Iraqi citizens.
One of its goals has been to extend “Islamic polygamous marriages at the local, national and international levels.”
It runs workshops for free and have so far, held two courses in Isfahan and Tehran. An unnamed director of the organization said that in these workshops, professors of “Psychology and Religion” were lecturing on the “necessity and ordinances” of polygamy.
At the workshop, instructors are said to also “broker for married men who have the means to take on a second wife.” The official described the purpose of the workshops as “reviving polygamy” and helping five million girls who do not have the opportunity to get married.
In addition, in recent years, Iran’s declining population growth has become a major concern for Islamic Republic officials. Ali Khamenei, the Supreme leader has called for a population increase of up to 150 million. To that end, in recent years, Khomeinist regime brass have worked hard to reinforce the necessity of marriage. Therefore, promoting polygamy is one of Tehran’s systematic activities to increase population.
A review of the institute’s workshops on its website shows that in addition to polygamy, issues such as the “historical role of the enemy in the destruction of the Shiite generation” and the relationship between multicultural (regional only) marriage and “civilization” are also discussed.
“Men and women in Iran have no interest in having children”
Massoumeh Aghapour, a representative to the Islamic Parliament (Majlis) has said: “Couples have no desire to have children,” and go so far as registering that point in their marriage certificate.
Aghapour elaborates: “A special case, which has been widespread during the last two years, is couples’ condition for not having children as prenuptial. We have to see the facts as well as the catastrophe. Over the past two years this has become a culture. According to this condition, any couple applying for a child can get a divorce without any preconditions.” She adds: “The authorities have made projections of up to 100 million population by 2025; though
this is unlikely to materialize. If we consider the ratio of divorce to marriage and the birth rate to death, then it is clear why the population is not going to be optimal.”
A desirable population is the proportion of the population of a country that is most proportionate to the resources and facilities of that country and can provide the greatest productivity to the people of that land.
Following the announcement of the leader’s population growth policy, Hassan Rouhani also issued a four-point directive to the interior, health, labor and social affairs ministries explaining the general population growth policy. One of the guidelines was to “facilitate” population growth.