Mujahedin-e Khalq is Iran’s strongest democratic opposition group in exile. It seeks a free and democratic Iran and fights for the establishment of a democratic and secular republic in Iran. Its platform espouses such political values as secular government, democratic elections, freedom of expression, equal rights for women and human rights.
Founded on September 5, 1965 by a group of students at Tehran University, it is the first Iranian organization to systematically develop a modern revolutionary interpretation of Islam. Among the first people to join the organization was Massoud Rajavi, a young student who would later become pivotal in shaping the organization’s future. He became acquainted with the Mujahedin-e Khalq organization while he was a university student,when the MEK was still a very young Iranian opposition movement. Rajavi was drawn to the principles and ideals that its members and leaders held and their dedication to achieving freedom and democracy in Iran.
Massoud Rajavi’s weekly lectures in Tehran’s Sharif University, where he introduced and detailed the worldview and ideology of the Mujahedin-e Khalq, were attended by thousands of people. These lectures were described as some of the most important not-to-be-missed events in Tehran.
On 27 January 1985, Massoud appointed his wife Maryam Rajav as his equal co-leader, giving women equal say within the organization and thereby launching a great ideological revolution within Mujahedin-e Khalq, the Iranian public and the whole Muslim World.
Since Khomeini’s rise to power, Mujahedin-e Khalq has been focused on protecting the freedoms and rights of the Iranian people and preventing the mullahs from imposing their outdated beliefs and practices on them. In the first years that followed the 1979 revolution, MEK directed a great deal of attention on raising awareness of the threats of extremism by holding meetings and political rallies. Mujahedin-e Khalq tried in a very peaceful manner to prevent Khomeini’s regime from establishing a tyrannical rule. During this time, Mujahedin-e Khalq grew very popular among Iranians, and the organization expanded to tens of thousands of members across Iran.