[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]
[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]
[Personal information has been redacted.]
[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Adapted from website:] Hussein Al-Seyyed Ismael Al-Sadr
[Date:] 7 Aban 1392 [29 October 2013]
[Translation from the Arabic text]
I am an Iraqi Baha’i citizen from northern Iraq. There is a concept among some Muslims that associating with us is forbidden and they should avoid us. There have also been recent fatwas [religious decrees] denouncing our religion as misguided and vulgar, and any association with the Baha’is is forbidden. Your Honour must know that we faced a lot of oppression during the Ba’athist regime; many of our properties were confiscated, death sentences were issued against us, and many of us were imprisoned. What do you think about these perceptions of us?
God has advised us to treat our brothers and sisters from all religions and sects with justice, kindness, love and good fellowship. God says, “Allah does not forbid you from dealing kindly and fairly with those who have neither fought nor driven you out of your homes. Surely Allah loves those who are fair.” [Sura Al-Mumtahanah, verse 8]; therefore, there is no obstacle for Muslims to associate with citizens of all religions and beliefs within the framework of general human rules; rather, adherence to justice and equality in rights and the prevention of any discrimination and unfair treatment of citizens of other religions is necessary and essential.