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[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:] Mashregh News

[Date:] 24 Esfand 1399 [14 March 2021]

 

Letter from a Professor of Tarbiat Modares University to the Friday Prayer Leader of Makki Mosque

Mr. Molavi Abdul Hamid! The status of the Sunnis of Iran is not the same as the status of Baha’ism and the American dervishes!

A professor of political science at Tarbiat Modares University sent an open letter to Molavi Abdul Hamid asking him to reconsider his divisive actions.

According to Mashregh News, Abolfazl Shakouri Zanjani, professor of jurisprudence of Ahlul-Bayt [the Household of the Prophet Muḥammad], professor of Quranic sciences, Hadith [Prophet’s saying] and political science at Tarbiat Modares University, in a letter to Abdul Hamid, Friday prayer leader of Makki Mosque in Zahedan, criticized his method and process.

This university professor wrote: “Dear Mr. Molavi! Your Honour, as a Sunni cleric, you always seem to be worried about the situation of Sunni Muslims alongside Shia Muslims, but you do not express any dissatisfaction over the increasing domination and even acrimoniousness of the United States in the Sunni countries such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, etc.”

In the continuation of his letter, Abolfazl Shakouri writes, “You write an open letter addressed to the leader of the Islamic Revolution, His Honour Ayatollah Khamenei, may God protect him, and casually present incorrect information, with an unknown purpose, and you are still complaining that you have no freedom in Iran! The correspondence of a number of ignorant intellectuals in support of you after the publication of Your Excellency’s letter, in which, unfortunately and subconsciously, the false and colonialist Baha’i sect was also mentioned as though it had the same status as the dear Sunni Muslims, is a sign of your incorrect way of writing and distributing such letters publicly, which is incompatible with the goals of your personal Salafi-Deobandi sect and not in the public interest of Sunnis in Iran. Sectarian letters and statements, from whichever side they come, will set the stage for social provocation and sedition, which will affect everyone indiscriminately. The recent tragic event in Saravan is one of those examples, from which we should learn.”