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From: Deputy Personnel of NZAJA (Land Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran)

Number 402/03/3

[Date:]: 21/9/58 [12 December 1979]

 

To: First Z Receivers

Subject: Circular

A copy of the legal bill on  the prohibition of employment of individuals who do not belong to one of the religions of Islam, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and Christianity in the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which was approved by the Council of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the meeting of 29/8/58 [20 November 1979], and communicated by letter number 402/03/47, [date:] 12/9/58 [3December 1979], SMAJA [acronym] (Laws and Regulations) is [hereby] sent for [your] information and to take the necessary action. 

Substitute NZAJA Personnel Deputy Staff Colonel Azar Shahin

Colonel Enayati

Draft of the bill of prohibition of employment of individuals who do not [belong] to one of the religions of Islam, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and Christianity in the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Single article: Employment of individuals who do not belong to one of the religions of Islam, Zoroastrianism, Judaism and Christianity in the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran is absolutely prohibited.

Addendum 1: Individuals who are not followers of one of the specified religions in this bill, and were previously employed by the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, provided that they are guided and sincerely accept Islam, will continue to stay in service; otherwise [they] will be discharged.

Addendum 2: Retired, retained and salaried persons of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, provided that they do not belong to one of the specified religions in this bill, will be deprived of receiving [their] relevant income, unless they will be guided and sincerely accept Islam.

Addendum 3: Non-commissioned officers, non-military and their equally-ranked staff, and retired retained and salaried individuals, are exempt from inclusion in Addendum 2 of this Bill due to poverty.

Addendum 4:  Criterion to determine guidance and acceptance of the religion of Islam is by presentation of a written document by a religious source of authority indicating denouncing of [illegible] and conversion to the true religion of Islam, and printing of the same in one of the country's high-circulation newspapers.

Number 801/07/31 [date:] 8/10/58 [29 November 1979] Copy of the above order is sent to the receivers of the Fourth Army for [their] information and precise execution of its content.

Supervisor L 16 Staff Colonel Zerehi – Pour Mousavi

Per Staff Colonel 2 Ahadi

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