[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

In the Name of God,

 

With expressions of humane respect to the followers of Baha’ism in Hemmatabad, who have not yet converted to the illumined religion of Islam.

As you know and we know, you do not consider yourselves as belonging to any political group, organization, or population, and you admit that you are subject to the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and we know that according to the Article 12 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Islam and its School of Jurisprudence of the Twelfth Imamate is the official religion of Iran, and this principle is forever immutable.

Also, according to Article 13 of the same law, Zoroastrians, Jewish and Christian Iranians are the only officially recognized religious minorities, [and] are free to practice their religious ceremonies within the constraints of the law. It is clearly evident that this pure Islamic law does not include you, and even the laws of the previous regime considered you as naught.

The issue is that when you cannot take refuge under the previous regime, how can you consider yourselves subject to law of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and seek the protection under this law, wherein the position of all groups, populations, and minorities has been made clear?

Therefore, your statements for us, Muslims, are nothing but the employment of semantics and contradictory utterances.

Nevertheless, as in the past, we respectfully invite you to participate within three days from the date of receipt of this letter, by appointing a few representatives to present themselves at a gathering which, God willing, will be organized with your approval, so that we can better familiarize ourselves , through free discussion, with your  perspectives regarding Islam, the Islamic Revolution, the Constitution of the Islamic Republic, and the Supreme Leader of the [Islamic] Revolution.

 

Board of Trustees of the Hojjat Ibn-i-Hasan-i-Askari Mosque

 

Hemmatabad