Religion

Iran is a predominantly Shiite Muslim country, with significant minorities of many other faiths. News and opinions related to religious issues can be found here.

Iran-Isfahan-Vank church

Christians in Isfahan celebrate the 350th anniversary of a famous church

A service is held in Isfahan to mark the 350th anniversary of a very old place of worship.

A sentence that should not be carried out

Top Shiite clerics in Iran speak up against the death sentence handed down by a Saudi court against Saudi cleric, Nimr al-Nimr.
Hojatoleslam Ali Saeedi

Propagation of extremist Shiism is backed by the US: Leader’s Advisor

The Leader's IRGC representative says Wahhabism, a secular version of Islam promoted by Turkey and extremist Shiism are the kinds of Islam the US supports.
Seyed Hassan Khomeini

Unlike Salafism, Ijtihad explores new responses to recent questions

The grandson of Imam Khomeini says Ijtihad is the act of building on old principles to find new answers to new questions; those who believe new questions have old answers are stuck in the past.
Eid al-Ghadeer-Muslims-celebrate

Shia Muslims celebrate Eid Al-Ghadeer

Millions of Muslims have commemorated the Eid al-Ghadeer, celebrating the occasion of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) appointing Imam Ali (PBUH) as his successor.
Pope-Francis

Pope Francis is an IS target: Iraqi ambassador to Vatican

An Iraqi diplomat says an attempt on Pope Francis’ life by ISIL is likely.
Arman Newspaper-Khatami

Islam promotes compassion rather than violence

A former president says that Iranians, inspired by the Muslim faith, are all for friendship and compassion rather than violence.
Matteo Renzi-Ayatollah Sistani

Ayatollah Al-Sistani’s stance will go down in history

The Italian premier says history will commit Ayatollah Al-Sistani’s benevolent stance to its memory.
grave of Noah

Researcher claims Noah has been laid to rest in Nahavand, Iran

Dr. Afrasiabpour says he has compelling evidence that the grave of Noah is located in Nahavand, western Iran.
Saint Thaddeus Monastery or Ghara Kelisa – in West Azerbaijan, Iran

Christians mark 60 years of pilgrimage visits to Saint Thaddeus Monastery

Up to 7,000 Christians get together for the 60th anniversary of regular yearly visits to Ghara Kelisa in northwestern Iran.

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