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Iran Arrests Bahai
By Micah Halpern

Tuesday August 2, 2022
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Iran is once again arresting members of the Baha段 community.

Baha段, an offshoot of Islam, is considered to be a collection of apostates and heretics by religious Iranian leadership.

According to a report by Iranian State TV, those who have been arrested are being charged as spies. They are accused of spying for Israel.

Crackdowns on Baha段 are common in Iran. What is rare is for the ministry to report the arrests. The report did not say how many Baha段 had been detained but the detentions have raised concerns about potential crackdowns on followers of the religion.

Iran already bans the Baha'i, a religion founded in the 1860s by a Persian nobleman considered a prophet by his followers. Muslims consider Muhammad the highest prophet.

Since the 19th century many Iranians have converted to the Baha'i sect.

In 2013, Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters, issued a fatwa, a religious decree, urging Iranians to avoid all dealings with members of the banned Baha'i sect.

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2 August 2022 10:34 PM in Thoughts


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