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[The Islamic Republic of Iran

Ministry of National Defence

 

From:………

To:…………

Subject:……

(Telephone:………..)

Number:…….

Date:………..

Enclosure:….

 

 

The legal Bill for the prohibition of recruitment of those who are not followers of one of the religions of Islam, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and Christianity into the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran:

 

Article 1- Recruitment of those who are not followers of one of the religions of Islam, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and Christianity into the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran is absolutely prohibited.

 

Addendum 1- Those who are not followers of one of the specified religions and were previously employed by the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, if they are guided and have sincerely accepted Islam, can continue to stay in their service; otherwise, they will be dismissed from their employment.

 

Addendum 2- Retirees, employees and pensioners of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, if they are not believers in one of the specified religions, will be deprived of their salaries unless they are guided and have sincerely accepted Islam.

 

Addendum 3- Commissioned personnel and the same ranks of civilian staff, the retirees, employees and pensioners [who are] related to the [prohibited] staff are exempt from Addendum 2.

 

Addendum 4-  The criterion for being guided and accepting Islam is to submit a written certificate from one of the Marja‘-i-Taqlíd[1] to confirm the denunciation of previous beliefs and acceptance of Islam and to publish the [certificate] in one of the country’s widely circulated newspapers.

 

This Bill is approved in Commission number 1 of the Islamic Republic of Iran Revolutionary Council, dated 29/8/58 [20 November 1979.]

 

 

 

 

 

[1] [Religious Jurisprudence Authority]