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[Adapted from website:] BBC Persian

[Date:] 8 Aban 1398 [30 October 2019]

 

200th Anniversary Birth of the Bab; The Revolutionary Guards and the Ministry of Intelligence Arrested a Number of Baha’i Citizens

Baha’is of the world celebrate the 200th Anniversary birth of Ali Muhammad Bab, born in Shiraz, on 7 and 8 Aban [29 and 30 October].

Iranian media quoted the Revolutionary Guards and the Ministry of Intelligence as saying that the military security agency had arrested a number of Baha’i citizens in Shiraz.

Iranian media quoted the Revolutionary Guards as saying that the Baha’is arrested during the operation were secretly celebrating the birthday of the sect’s leader in Shiraz during the [Islamic] mourning period of the Ahlul-Bayt [1]. A statement from the Revolutionary Guards in Fars province said, “Baha’is always seek to prevent the spread of the teachings of pure Muhammadan Islam by targeting the principles of the Shia belief.”

The Ministry of Intelligence had also reported the arrest and disintegration of a Baha’i group ten days ago in Shiraz.

The Baha’is of the world celebrate the 200th Anniversary birth of Ali Muhammad Bab on the 7 and 8 Aban [29 and 30 October] who was born in Shiraz.

According to Baha’i beliefs, Ali Muhammad Shirazi, known as the Bab, laid the foundation for the emergence of Baha’u’llah the founder of the Baha’i Faith.

Increased pressure and arrests of Baha’is have been also reported in Tehran in addition to Shiraz. HRANA News Agency reported that two days ago, Jamal Sabet, a Baha’i citizen resident of Tehran, was arrested by Ministry of Intelligence agents and taken to an unknown location.

According to this report, Mr. Sabet was arrested after officers entered a private party and interrogated guests for hours, photographed and inspected the premises, confiscated the landlord’s belongings, and then searched Mr. Sabet’s home.

Baha’i citizens in Iran are denied the freedoms associated with religious beliefs. There is a similar restriction for Sunni Muslims in Iran in areas with a majority of Shia population, so that the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran refuses to allow the construction of a mosque for Sunni Muslims in Tehran.

The intelligence and security institutions of the Islamic Republic of Iran have prosecuted hundreds of Baha’i citizens over the past four decades.

Human rights organizations say the Islamic Republic of Iran is pressuring Baha’is under the pretext of security, but the main reason for this is the beliefs of the detainees and their religious observances.

 

 

[1] [Ahlul-Bayt:  People of the House of the Prophet Muḥammad; according to Shia Islam, they are Fatimah, Imam ‘Ali, Imam Hasan, Imam Husayn and nine descendants of Imam Husayn]