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November 28, 2013

BIHE class raided in Karaj

Iran Press News, November 28, 2013

According to reliable sources in Iran, one of the classes of the Bahai Institute of Higher Education (BIHE) in Karaj (west of Tehran) was stormed by security agents on November 27. Students in the class were required to fill out forms giving their personal data, the names of family members and relatives, and the identity of the BIHE instructors and faculty members. The agents made students sign a promise not to participate in any activities relating to the BIHE. The students’ cell phones were also confiscated.

On the same day, the Office of the President published a Bill on Citizen’s Rights. After more than 100 days of Rouhani’s presidency, Bahais are facing more pressure than before.

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  1. Obviously there is a reason (maybe more) behind these rash of harassment by the Mullahs of Iran. The mass migration of the Jewish communities of Iran has left the Bahais single handedly taking the brunt of the wrath of Akhoondism in Iran. Being well-acquainted with the Mullahs and their 1400-year (exaggeratedly speaking) experience in muddying the waters to catch the desired fish, the reasons for this zealous excitement against the Bahais can be attributed to their distracting methods from other internal issues that have become a threat to the regime, or they feel directly threatened by the Bahais themselves or Bahaism as a school of thought. Many Iranians feel brunt out by the religion of Islam for different factors but mainly because the animators (Mullahs) are flat-out corrupt. Many of them extent this take all the way back to the founders of the faith even to the Prophet Muhammad himself. How fair or unfair that assessment may be is unclear because unfortunately the history has not always remained unbiased. As a result, many Iranians have all but left the religion and some who feel their spirit needs some kind of nurturing have turned to Sufism and other religions. But the Mullahs do not feel threatened by those schools who have been around for quite some time and have not proven to be able to overwhelm the world. However, since at least in such short period in history, some elements of Bahaism has been recognized world-wide and also in Bahaism as a whole no room is left for that creed (Mullahs) the threat to the system is considered very serious. Nevertheless, regardless of what they do now, the Genie is out of the bottle and they are only getting more of the attention of the world to the Cause.

    Comment by Mark — November 29, 2013 @ 06:25 | Reply

    • I recommend Aaron Vahid Sealy, “In Their Place”: Marking and Unmarking Shi’ism in Pahlavi Iran, 2011. Sealy demonstrates that the 1955 pogroms were the turning point in the relations between the Shah and Borujerdi % co., and that breach between them led to the 1979 revolution. That is, anti-Bahaism was an essential part of the IRI before the IRI was imagined. It is not an incidental issue for the Mullahs, that they pull out when they need something to distract attention from other issues. The opportunity to practice anti-bahaism is what they had the revolution for: the Shah had in mild and ineffective ways restrained the pogroms and killings of Bahais when the 1955 pogroms began to threaten public order.

      Comment by Sen — November 29, 2013 @ 10:19 | Reply

  2. It is all a bit of a farce! May God bless them all

    Comment by Tony Bristow-Stagg — November 29, 2013 @ 06:29 | Reply

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