An Iranian Assyrian Christian lawmaker has rejected as baseless a recent US report on religious freedom violations in Iran, saying despite the US claims all religious minorities in the Islamic Republic enjoy absolute freedom to perform their rites.
Iran will be hosting an international diplomacy of unity conference in October, 2017, with solidarity in the Muslim world high on the agenda.
French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has once again drawn the ire of Muslims by publishing an insulting cartoon on Barcelona attack which left 13 dead and more than 100 others injured.
Iran has some of the most beautiful mosques in the world. However, aside from their splendour, mosques are also significant religious and cultural centres where people come together to socialize and acquire knowledge.
The Iranian Leader’s Representative in Hajj Affairs, Seyyed Ali Qazi Askar, says this year the Islamic Republic has sent about 15,000 Sunni pilgrims to Saudi Arabia to perform their annual Hajj rituals.
Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of IRGC Quds Force, says mosques are instrumental in safeguarding the society and should serve to bring people from all walks of life closer together.
Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation (IKRF), an Iranian charitable organization, is providing support for thousands of Christians living in the country.
Iranian foreign ministry spokesman has rejected the anti-Iran allegations raised in the US annual International Religious Freedom Report, describing it as an ‘unrealistic, baseless, and biased’ report prepared to achieve certain political goals.
After Qatar’s protest, the Syrian government has also slammed Saudi Arabia for politicization of Hajj pilgrimage, saying the Saudi authorities continue to deny Syrian citizens the right to perform this Islamic duty.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Muslims should use the Hajj rituals this year to take a united stance against Israeli efforts to control the al-Aqsa Mosque.