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November 11, 2012

Bahai student expelled in Qazvin

HRANA, November 10

Tanin Torabi ( طنین ترابی ), a Bahai student in the third semester of a course in English translation at Imam Khomeini International University in Qazvin, has been barred from further study because of her religious beliefs. She was summoned to the University’s security office on October 28. Security officers asked her to promise that, so long as she was at the University, she would pay no attention to messages from the Universal House of Justice, and have no links to the House of Justice and its associated institutions, and would put principles and regulations of the regime and the university before any instructions from the House of Justice. Since she was not willing to sign this promise, she was expelled on the spot, without being given any documentation of her expulsion.

Editorial comment
: This report is very interesting, since the anxiety of these University officials focuses on obedience to a foreign institution rather than on heresy. This suggests the possibility that Bahais might be allowed to study at university, if the authorities can be made aware of the principle that:

“they [the Bahais] will, unhesitatingly, subordinate the operation of [Bahai] laws and … principles to the requirements and legal enactments of their respective governments.
(Shoghi Effendi, The World Order of Baha’u’llah, p. 66)

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