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4 Shahrivar 1361 [26 August 1982]

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Through the Pipeline and Telecommunication Area of Shiraz


Board of Review for the Restructuring of Human Resources of the Oil Industry,

I hereby wish to respond and appeal for an investigation concerning ruling number 255/B, dated 25 Mordad 1361 [16 August 1982] of the Preliminary Commission for the Restructuring of Human Resources Office number 3 of the Oil Industry of Shiraz.

First, as the competent authorities of the country have pointed out in their interviews and statements, being a Baha’i is not a crime, and [evidence for] this is available in the interview given by Mr. Mousavi Ardebili, who has stated that [we do not convict anyone just for being a Baha’i]. Article 14 of the Constitution states: “The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and all Muslims are duty-bound to treat non-Muslims in conformity with ethical norms and the principles of Islamic justice and equity, and to respect their human rights.” Article 19 [of the Constitution] states “All people of Iran, whatever the ethnic group or tribe to which they belong, enjoy equal rights; color, race, language, and the like, do not bestow any privilege.” Article 20 [of the Constitution] states: “All citizens of the country, both men and women, equally enjoy the protection of the law.” Article 23[of the Constitution] states: “The inquisition of individuals’ beliefs is forbidden, and no one may be offended or reprimanded simply for holding a certain belief.” Article 29  [of the Constitution] states: “To benefit from social security with respect to retirement, unemployment, old age, disability, absence of a guardian, and benefits relating to being stranded, accidents, health services, and medical care and treatment, provided through insurance or other means, is accepted as a universal right.”

Considering the basic legal provisions of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which points to the expert opinion in the above-mentioned letter, it is clear that the said expert has not accurately researched, considered, and referred to the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and this ruling of the Preliminary Commission for the Restructuring of Human Resources is against the policy and the Constitution of the Islamic Republic [of Iran].

Second, “perverse” [refers to] someone who does not recognize monotheism and the oneness of God, does not recognize “the Prophets who are [per the holy verse of the Quran] “Possessor[s] of constancy, determination, and strong will”[1] and “possess a divine book”, does not believe in the Day of Judgment and resurrection. Whereas, I profess to the “existence of God”, [per the holy verse of the Quran] “He neither begets, nor is He begotten”[2], and that the Prophets who are intermediaries between God and humanity and are the recipients of God’s revelation, are true and come from Almighty God. I recognize the Day of Judgment and resurrection. Therefore, I am not perverse. I am a monotheist and believe in God’s divine religion.

Thirdly, my permanent dismissal from government services and the affiliated institutions—after having served my dear and sacred country of Iran for over thirty years and having paid insurance—was unfair, and the pension I received was my absolute right, and Article 29 of the Constitution from the standpoint of retirement has not been implemented [in my case] and I have not been treated in accordance with the [holy verse of the Quran] “Whenever you judge between people, to judge with justice”[3]. In the Holy Quran, in the Surah of Al-Kaafirun (disbelievers)[4], the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him and his family) proclaims, “For you [is] your religion and for me [is] my religion”[5], and Imam Ali (peace be upon Him), in a letter to Malik al-Ashtar[6], the Egyptian ruler, says, “O Malik: there are two groups of people in Egypt, [one] group are your religious brothers and [one] group are yours in creation. Therefore, the way you treat your religious brothers, [is] the same way you [must] treat your brothers in creation.”

So we share the same three characteristics with you. 1- monotheist and God-fearing, 2- a human being, 3- an Iranian. Therefore, the ruling of the Preliminary Commission [for the Restructuring of Human Resources] and the expert’s opinion is one-sided and it has not considered the provisions of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Quranic verse and the command of Ali ibn Abi Talib (peace be upon Him) and neither enforced nor acted upon [them].

Considering the above statements, please order a review; value and implement the command of Amir al-Momenin [Imam Ali – the Prince of Believers], and the Holy Quran and the Constitution [of the Islamic Republic of Iran].

The retired worker of the Ministry of Oil, the Pipeline and Telecommunication Area of Shiraz, serial number 192471 – Abbas-Ali Zareian.




[1] . Holy Quran, Surah Al-Ahqaf –اولوالعزم

[2] . Holy Quran, Surah Al-Akhlas – لَمْ یَلِدْ وَ لَمْ یُولَدْ

[3] . Holy Quran, Surah Al-Nisa –اِذا حکمَتمْ بَیْنَ‌الّناس اَنْ تَحکَموُا بالْعَدل

[4] . Holy Quran, Surah Al-Kafron -  قل یا ایهاالکافرون

[5] . Holy Quran, Surah Al- Kaafirun -لَکُمْ دینُکُمْ و لِیَ دین

[6].  Malik Al-Ashtar: was one of the most loyal companions of Ali Ibn Abi Talib, the cousin of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Malik al-Ashtar became a Muslim during the time of Muhammad and since then remained an avid and loyal supporter of Muhammad's progeny and Hashemite clan.