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Islamic Republic of Iran
Ministry of Health & Welfare
Date: 16 Esfand 1361 [7 March 1983]
“Do not be ashamed of giving little, as to waste is worse”
Honourable Deputy Supervisory and Parliamentary [Affairs]
Further to the note dated 24 Bahman 1360 [13 February 1982], written at the bottom of the letter by Dr Sina Hakiman, dated 17 Bahman 1360 [6 February 1982], we return herewith Dr Hakiman’s letter [and explain] that the brief requests of Dr Hakiman and his wife (who is also a physician and both claim to be Baha’is) are as follow:
- As Dr Hakiman falls under the Bill for Human Resources in Health and Treatment, [he] therefore [requests] the National Rural Health Department clarify his status regarding an appointed place of service in the deprived and needy areas.
- Dr.Sholeh Misaghi, the wife of the abovementioned, falls under the provisions of the Amendment to Physician’s Out of Metropolitan Area Services Act, enacted on the 4th of Khordad 1360 [25 May 1981], and as she and Dr Hakiman have married according to the Baha’i tradition and do not have an official marriage certificate, she wishes to use the exemption provisions for married wives and be released from obligations to serve out of Metropolitan Area.
For your information, the views of this office is as follow:
- According to the Fatwa of the most religious authorities, such as Imam Khomeini, paying a salary to these kind of people from the Bayt al-Mall is prohibited and it is obvious that if they start serving under the Bill for Human Resources in Health and Treatment, a salary should be given to them, which would then contradict the Fatwa of Religious Jurists. Therefore, it seems that the situation of such individuals should be clarified through the law. For example, either they should be exempted altogether from this service or they should pay back the cost of their studies and also be exempted from service.
- Besides, Dr. Misaghi falls under both the provisions of Out of Metropolitan Area Services Act, and the Human Resources in Health and Treatment Act, and so far, no legal grounds for the exemption of service for married women (even for those who have the marriage certificate) in the Out of Metropolitan Area have been contemplated. This is how we see the matter and it is up to you to decide whatever is appropriate.
National Manager for Legal Matters
[Bayt al-Mal is an Arabic term that is translated as "House of money" or "House of Wealth." Historically, it was a financial institution responsible for the administration of taxes in Islamic states, particularly in the early Islamic Caliphate]