Monday, July 28, 2008

Baha'i Homes & Properties Torched in Iran

According to the Baha'i World News Service (BWNS), Baha'i homes in Iran are now being targeted by arsonists. This story, officially released today, reports on several episodes that clearly illustrate a pattern of selectively aiming these serious attacks at Baha'is and on their properties and homes in several locations around the country. This is yet another proof of the systematic activity undertaken by extremist elements in Iran in their attempts to intimidate, isolate, and eradicate the Baha'i population of Iran. Baha'is, accounting for over 300,000 in Iran, are the largest religious minority in that country.

The seven members of the committee in Tehran that sees to the minimum needs of the Baha’i community of Iran are still in prison – six of them since May and one since March – and are among at least 22 Baha’is being detained in Iran solely for their religious belief.

No formal charges have been filed against the seven, and none of them have been allowed contact with an attorney. Since their initial one telephone call shortly after their detention, they have been held incommunicado. No word on their current condition has been received since the initial contact.

The following incidents were reported today on the BWNS website:
Arsonists in Iran target Baha’i homes, vehicles
28 July 2008

NEW YORK — Acts of arson targeting homes and vehicles are the latest violent tactics directed against the Baha’is of Iran.

“In the early hours of the morning of 18 July, the house of the Shaaker family in Kerman went up in flames, only weeks after their car had been torched and in the wake of a series of threatening phone calls,” said Bani Dugal, principal representative of the Baha’i International Community to the United Nations.

“As would be expected in the light of the mistreatment Baha’is in Iran are routinely receiving, the officials who investigated the fire either ignored or dismissed obvious signs of suspicious activity, including a muffled explosion, simply saying that it was the result of an electrical problem,” she said.

At least a dozen cases of arson that target Baha’is have been reported in Iran in the last 15 months, Ms. Dugal said. She gave the following examples:

-- On 15 July at 1:15 a.m., Molotov cocktails were thrown into the front courtyard of the home of Khusraw Dehghani and his wife, Dr. Huma Agahi, in Vilashahr, only months after anonymous threats directly related to her being a Baha’i forced Dr. Agahi to close her clinic in nearby Najafabad where she had practiced medicine for 28 years.

-- On 25 July, the car of a prominent Baha’i in Rafsanjan, in Kerman province, was torched and destroyed by arsonists on motorbikes. Soheil Naeimi, the owner of the car, and 10 other Baha’i families in the town had received threatening letters from a group calling itself the Anti-Baha’ism Movement of the Youth of Rafsanjan that, among other things, threatened jihad (holy war) against the Baha’is.

-- On 10 June, an outbuilding on the property of the Mr. and Mrs. Mousavi, elderly Baha’is living in the village of Tangriz in Fars province, was destroyed by fire when it was doused with gasoline. The Mousavis, along with their two sons who were sleeping close to the building, narrowly escaped injury when the gasoline tank used to start the fire exploded. The Mousavis believe that the perpetrator thought they were all sleeping in the hut when he set the fire. Mr. Mousavi issued a formal complaint against the person they suspected, but the legal office has declined to pursue the case because the suspect swore on the Qur’an that he was not guilty. Out of respect for the Qur’an, the Mousavis have dropped the charges.

-- On 4 April, the home of a Baha’i was set on fire in Babolsar, in the north of Iran.

-- In February in Shiraz, a 53-year-old businessman was attacked on the street, chained to a tree, doused with gasoline, and assaulted by unknown persons who then attempted to throw lighted matches at him.

-- Also in Shiraz in February, several arson attempts were made against vehicles and a home belonging to Baha’is.

-- On 1 May 2007, arson destroyed the home of ‘Abdu’l-Baqi Rouhani in the village of Ivil, in Mazandaran.

-- In Karaj, the burial section of a Baha’i cemetery was set on fire.

“These latest attacks follow the authorities’ attempts to deprive the Iranian Baha’i community of its leadership,” Ms. Dugal said, referring to the arrests in March and May this year of the seven members of Iran’s national Baha’i coordinating group, all of whom are still locked up in Evin Prison in Tehran without any charges and without access to an attorney or to their families.

“As Baha’is worldwide watch with alarm this escalation in violence,” she added, “their fears that a sinister plan of persecution is unfolding become increasingly confirmed. Their only hope is that enough voices of protests are raised around the world to compel the government in Iran to put an end to this violence.”


  1. I hate to say this but even to a blind person it is obvious that Satan's minions are in control of Iran...

    Nothing less than some sort of exorcism will save the people of Iran from certain doom...

  2. Since the dawn of mankind, people have tried to eliminate those who do not think like them. Very quickly they realized that material possessions can be destroyed but one cannot get into people spirit to destroy ideas. Brainwashing, torture, even death cannot eliminate thoughts and beliefs as they are only passed on to someone else. Trying to break people’s spirit has always been the aim of dictatorship. It is reassuring to see that it simply does not work. The spirit of man, be he rich or poor, is his treasure to keep.

    Here is an anecdote that illustrates this in some ways. The region of Alsace-Lorraine was French until the Franco-Prussian war of 1870 when it was annexed by Germany. The school children were then ordered to speak only German in school and all teaching was done in German. One boy complained to the elderly teacher about that fact. His response was: “Son, they can force you to speak German, but nobody can force you to think in German.”

  3. The enemies of Islam tried to put out its light and instead they fanned its flame to light up the entire world! Today the enemies of Glory are attempting to do the same thing!

    They are not aware that their actions make them enemies of peace, submission, and glory!


  4. Every religion in its formative age had gone through the same--it is only a confirmation of the worthiness of the religion.


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