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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Newspaper:] Ettelaat

[Date:] Tuesday, 14 Tir 1373 – 25 Muharram 1415 – 5 July 1994

[Issue No.:] 20233


. . . Human Rights and the Contrast between the Western and Islamic Perspectives

Written by: Dr. Sami Abu-Saheliyyeh

Translated by: H- Boroujerdi. . .

. . . Limiting religious freedoms: Although the religion of Islam invites non-Muslims to accept this religion, it prevents Muslims from changing their religion; it considers it a sacrilege and assigns punishment for it according to religious laws.  In addition, in the retributive arena, it does not allow its followers to join unapproved religions such as Baha’ism.  Aside from this, countries such as Saudi Arabia have considered limitations on establishing religious creeds for non-Muslims. . .

  • The limitations on non-Muslims in gaining citizenship and their access to government positions and political rights
  • Existence of severe and unbearable legal retributions in Islam, which include stoning, cutting body parts, castigation, and execution. . .