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پنجشنبه ۱۸ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۱۸:۰۱ - ۸ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶

Baha'is in Iran Face Continuing Harassment


Some 300,000 Baha'is live in Iran, where their religion was founded in the mid-19th century. Baha'is are Iran's largest religious minority, but their faith is not recognized in the country's constitution and they have long faced harassment and persecution. The European Union recently lodged a formal complaint with Iranian authorities over the arrest and harassment of journalists as well as members of religious minorities such as the Baha'is. In an interview with RFE/RL Abdolkarim Lahiji, vice president of the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues said: "Baha'is have no rights in the Islamic republic, even rights that other recognized [religious] minorities enjoy in Iran,". "For example, a Baha'i teenage cannot enter Iran's universities; either he would have to lie and say that he is not a Baha'i, or else be deprived of the right to higher education. Diane Alai the United Nations representative of the Baha'i International Community said: “For 20 years, Baha'is have been imprisoned, condemned to death and their properties have been confiscated. They have been expelled from their jobs and their senior people are not receiving their pensions…Baha'i holy places have been demolished, cemeteries desecrated." "Since the beginning of the Islamic Republic we can say that there are approximately 200 Baha'is that have been executed only for their beliefs, thousands that have been jailed." The Baha'i faith was founded by Mirza Hussein Ali Nuri, known as "Bahaullah" -- Arabic for "the Glory of God." The unity of all religions, the unity of humanity, and the equality of men and women are among the main teachings of Bahaullah. Some Muslims consider Baha'is to be heretics. Many see theological conflicts with Islam as the main motive for the persecution of Baha'is. Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad is "the end of prophesy." The Baha'i faith, founded several centuries after Islam, states that divine revelation will continue. "People are free to choose their way, and the Holy Koran has clearly stated: 'There is no compulsion in the religion,'" said Abbas Mohajerani, a professor of Islamic theology and philosophy in London. "The Baha'is or any other sect are free to take the direction they want, but when it comes to the principles of a religion and law you have to bear in mind that Islam explicitly says that Muhammad is the last prophet sent by God and whoever does not believe it is not a Muslim." The Baha'i faith has about 5 million followers in more than 200 countries and territories throughout the world. In an interview with RFE/RL Abdolkarim Lahiji, vice president of the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues said: "Baha'is have no rights in the Islamic republic, even rights that other recognized [religious] minorities enjoy in Iran,". "For example, a Baha'i teenage cannot enter Iran's universities; either he would have to lie and say that he is not a Baha'i, or else be deprived of the right to higher education. Diane Alai the United Nations representative of the Baha'i International Community said: “For 20 years, Baha'is have been imprisoned, condemned to death and their properties have been confiscated. They have been expelled from their jobs and their senior people are not receiving their pensions…Baha'i holy places have been demolished, cemeteries desecrated." "Since the beginning of the Islamic Republic we can say that there are approximately 200 Baha'is that have been executed only for their beliefs, thousands that have been jailed." The Baha'i faith was founded by Mirza Hussein Ali Nuri, known as "Bahaullah" -- Arabic for "the Glory of God." The unity of all religions, the unity of humanity, and the equality of men and women are among the main teachings of Bahaullah. Some Muslims consider Baha'is to be heretics. Many see theological conflicts with Islam as the main motive for the persecution of Baha'is. Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad is "the end of prophesy." The Baha'i faith, founded several centuries after Islam, states that divine revelation will continue. "People are free to choose their way, and the Holy Koran has clearly stated: 'There is no compulsion in the religion,'" said Abbas Mohajerani, a professor of Islamic theology and philosophy in London. "The Baha'is or any other sect are free to take the direction they want, but when it comes to the principles of a religion and law you have to bear in mind that Islam explicitly says that Muhammad is the last prophet sent by God and whoever does not believe it is not a Muslim." The Baha'i faith has about 5 million followers in more than 200 countries and territories throughout the world.
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