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Islamic Republic of Iran

Islamic Consultative Assembly

 

Number: ------

Date: 19/9/1361 [10 December 1982]

Enclosure: ------

In the Name of God, the Exalted

Mr. Payam Varaie, your letter was received. Neither in the Islamic Republic of Iran, nor anywhere else in the world, is Bahaism recognized as a religion, and we have no minorities other than Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians. I myself have read some of the books pertaining to this political group, as a measure and duty to assist [the prevention of] the deviation of the youth, and I can tell you that one of the verses of Hossein Ali Baha is that: [verse in Arabic], meaning, ‘there is no God but this prisoner.’ What kind of a God is it if he can’t even free himself from the prison? In any event, if you convert to Islam, you will enjoy all the benefits as a Muslim Iranian citizen, and more importantly, will save yourself from hellfire. I hope you give this some thought and have mercy on your youth. If I can be of any assistance in this regard, I will not hesitate.

Representative of Barkhovar and Meymeh, Isfahan

Ali Panahandeh

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