Monday, July 4, 2022

Religious Minorities

Iran Hosting Gathering on Followers of Divine Faiths

A gathering of followers of divine faiths has kicked off at the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.

Mandaean Children Baptized in Iran’s Karun River

Seven Mandaean children were recently baptized in Karun River in Khuzestan province, south-western Iran.

Jews Enjoy Full Freedom, Safety in Iran: Senior Rabbi

A senior rabbi says the safety of Jews living in Iran is excellent, and unlike in Europe, there is no need for security forces to protect Jewish schools and places of worship.

Sunni Iranians Host Largest Fast-Breaking Reception

The longest fast-breaking table in the holy month of Ramadan has been set in a Sunni-majority flood-stricken town in northern Iran.

State TV Channel Chief Sacked over Program Insulting to Sunnis

The manager of an Iranian state TV channel has been removed from his post following the broadcast of a program which was insulting to Sunni Muslims.

Easter Sunday Celebrated at Tehran’s Saint Gregory Church

The Saint Gregory the Illuminator (Surp Grigor Lusavoritch) Church in Tehran hosted hundreds of Iranian Christians on Sunday for the Easter celebrations.

Iranian Jewish MP Condemns US Blacklisting of IRGC

The representative of the Jewish minority in Iran’s parliament has strongly denounced the Trump administration’s designation of IRGC as a terrorist organization, saying such moves are aimed at weakening Iran as Washington cannot tolerate independent countries.

Iran Dismisses US VP’s ‘Nazi’ Comments

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has rejected the “hostile” and “hollow” remarks made by US Vice President Mike Pence likening Iran to the Nazi government.

‘Jews Living in Peace, Harmony with Other Iranians’

Siamak Morreh-Sedgh, the representative of the Jewish community at the Iranian Parliament, says Jewish Iranians have been peacefully living along with other Iranian people for around 3,000 years now.

Iranian Armenians Celebrate New Year with Persian Customs

New Year celebrations for Christians in Iran are different from those of Christians in other parts of the world. In Iran, the Christian culture has been mixed with the Iranian culture.

Iran Extends Condolences on Prophet Zoroaster’s Death Anniversary

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has expressed condolences on the demise anniversary of the ancient Iranian Prophet Zoroaster.

‘Jews in Iran Freely Perform Rituals as First-Class Citizens’

Homayoun Sameyah, the head of Tehran’s Jewish community, says Jews in Iran enjoy complete freedom and great facilities, as the Iranian government believes they are separated from Israel and its extremist ideology.

Mehregan, Zoroastrians’ Love, Thanksgiving Festival

Mehregan or Mehr is one of the most glorious Iranian festivals annually held from October 8 to 14. It is the biggest Iranian festival after the Persian New Year or Nowruz.

Iran FM Wishes Happy New Year for Jews

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has congratulated Jewish people across the world, particularly those living in Iran, on the occasion of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

Christians Blast US’ Meddlesome Claims about Religious Freedom in Iran

Iran’s Assyro-Chaldean churches have censured US officials’ “interventionist” claims about the situation of religious minorities in the Islamic Republic, calling on Washington to be concerned about its own poor human rights record at home and abroad instead of shedding “crocodile tears” for others.

Iran Slams Final Statement of US’ Religious Freedom Summit

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has condemned an anti-Iran statement released by foreign ministers participating in the US’ Religious Freedom Summit.

Zoroastrian Cleric Rejects Pompeo’s Claims about Minorities in Iran

A top Zoroastrian cleric in Iran’s Isfahan province has dismissed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s claims that religious minorities in Iran do not have freedom, saying that such statements are futile and groundless.

Sunni Leaders of Iran’s Kurdistan Condemn Marivan Terrorist Attack

Top Sunni clerics of Iran’s Kurdistan province have strongly condemned the PJAK terrorists’ recent attack on a border checkpoint in Marivan which led to the deaths of 11 IRGC members.

Iran Reaffirms Religious Minorities Free to Be Elected to Local Councils

Iranian authorities have ruled that members of religious minorities living in the country can be elected as members of city and village councils, reaffirming an existing law that had been rejected by the Guardian Council.

Sky Burial; Ancient Tradition of Iran’s Zoroastrians

Ancient Zoroastrians believed the dead body should be put in particular structures to be feasted upon by birds of prey, because the burial or burning of the corpses would cause water and soil to become dirty, which is forbidden in the ancient religion.

“Iran Ideal Place for Coexistence of Monotheistic Religions”

Bishop Krikor Chiftjian, the Prelate of the Diocese of Iran’s East and West Azarbaijan provinces, has referred to Iran as a great model for peaceful coexistence among monotheistic religions in the world.

Iran Preparing for Armenians’ Largest Annual Gathering

Intense preparations are underway by related Iranian organizations for holding the 64th annual religious ceremony of Armenians in Qara Kelisa or St. Thaddeus Complex in Chaldoran, northwest of Iran.

Iran Condemns US’ Meddlesome Statement on Rioter’s Execution

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has dismissed as meddlesome the US’ statement about the execution of a rioter sentenced to death for running over and killing a number of police forces in Tehran.

“US Report on Religious Freedoms in Iran Baseless, Politically Motivated”

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has dismissed as untrue and politically-motivated the latest report by the US State Department about religious freedoms in Iran.

Jewish People Ready to Defend Iran against Aggressors: MP

A Jewish Iranian lawmaker has warned the country’s adversaries that Iranians practicing various religions will stand by each other to defend the country and sacrifice their lives in case it is under aggression, just like they stood against the Iraqi aggression in 1980s.

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