‘Asaluyeh – A 100% Sunni-Shafi’i town in Iran

Arab Iranians (not Ahwazis) from the coastal region of Iran (Khaleej) in the town of ‘Asaluyeh (100% Arab Sunni-Shafi’i with a minority of Persian Sunni Shafi’is who mostly hail from the southern Persian provinces) in a Qur’an competition which is held in Arabic only (everything in those native Arab towns in south Iran looks like the rest of the Khaleej. People, cloth, accents etc.

مقتطفات من حفل ” الإنس مع القران ” الذي أقيم في مدينة عسلوه في الساحل الشرقي للخليج العربي برعاية فرقة الفردوس الإنشادية #عرب_الساحل

Kuwaiti parliament stripped Shaikh Nabil Al-‘Awadhi (of Persian descent) of his Kuwaiti passport

10487464_706828486021584_2753938362012487988_nMany important and influencial ‘Arab’ personalties in the Gulf are actually of Persian descent (including high ranking politicans and businessmen in KSA, UAE and Bahrain). Among them is the Islamic preacher Nabil Al-Awadhi (from Kuwait). He is not just beloved in the Arab and Islamic world, but particularly in south Iran where he is actually from. Shaikh Nabil Al-‘Awadhi’s ancestors immigrated from the Persian Sunni-Shafi’i town of Evaz (to this day fully Sunni and ethnic Persian) to Kuwait

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Tarawih prayers in Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan 1435/2014

Note: The reciter is a native Persian (most southern Iranian Sunnis are ethnic Persians, except a small minority of Arab Sunnis in the south) and . How come Persian Sunnis (just like all non-Arab Sunnis) master the recitation of the Qur’an, yet the majority of Shia scholars, including their most senior Ayatollats can’t even pronounce the Fatiha correctly without adding their ugly accent?! 
Location: Bandar Abbas, Suru.
Mosque: Hajj Yussef Masjid
Qari’/reciter: Abdussattar Samak (native southern Persian Sunni)
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توسط عبدالستار سماک
نماز تراویح شب هفتم رمضان 1435
مسجد حاج یوسف بندرعباس – سور
Adhan on the 27th night of Ramadhan 1435/2014:

اذان عبدالستار سماک
27 رمضان 1435
مسجد حاج یوسف
29th Ramadhan, verse 1-10 of Surah Baqarah:
Location: The Haj Yussef Mosque, a Sunni Mosque in Suru, Bandar Abbas, southern Iran.قرائت سوره بقره،
از آیه 1 الی 10،
قاری:عبدالستارسماک با صوت سدیس
نماز صبح ، مسجد حاج یوسف ، 29 رمضان 1434
27th of Ramadhan, Du’a after Witr:
قسمتی از دعای شب قرآن 27 رمضان 1435 باصدای برادرتان عبدالستارسماک
البته فیلم ازجمعیت بیرون مسجد گرفته شده — at Bandar Abbas

The Abo Bakr Al Siddiq Mosque in the Iranian coastal town of “Nakhl Takki”

Tarawih prayer in the Abo Bakr al Siddiq Mosque in the coastal city of “Naimiyyeh” (Nakhl Takki), south Iran.
قبل قليل تم افتتاح مسجد أبي بكر الصديق -رضي الله عنه- في مدينة النعيمية ( نخل تكي ) في أول ليالي الشهر المبارك، وذلك بالصلاة فيه صلاتي العشاء والتراويح. مسجد أبي بكر الذي جمع فيه بين الاصالة والابداع بين الطراز المعماري القديم والجديد تم بنائة على نفقة اهل الخير #عرب_الساحل
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A poem about Ramadhan by sweet Iranian Arab Sunni girls

Arab Iranian girls (not Ahwazis, these are Iranian Arabs from Iranian Sunni coastal towns in southern Iran/Hormozgan) reciting a poem about Ramadhan and Islam.
أطفال فرقة ” روضة الجنان ” الانشاديه في حفل تكريم حفاظ كتاب الله في قرية ” سهمو الغربية ” في الساحل الشرقي الخليج العربي #عرب_الساحل

Iran’s Quiet Massacre at Qeshm (Iranian majority Sunni island)

Iran’s Quiet Massacre at Qeshm, on Qatar’s Behalf

Many don’t know that Iran is (at best) 50% Persians. There are many other ethnic groups in Iran, including Arabs (over 5 million!). What many definately don’t know is that the biggest island in the Persian Gulf is not Bahrain, rather it is Qeshm (also called Jasem or Jazeerah Al Tawilah by the locals) which is twice the size of Bahrain, and unlike Bahrain (which is over 60% Shia), Qeshm is traditionally Sunnis-Shafi’i (minus the occupying the Basij, Revolutionary Guards and Shia Mullahs and their families from Qom, Isfahan etc.).

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The Iranian Shi’ite regimes dark shadow on a Sunni student graduation ceremony

photoAfter the crackdown on two Sunni school in southern Iran (in the Fars and in the Hormozgan province) by the Iranian authorities (an old tactic by the Iranian Shia regime to send out the warning to the rest of the Sunnis in Iran), we are glad to inform you about some good news, after all, the Iranian Shia regime and the Shia clergy – despite all the hate they harbor – can’t concentrate on harassing and persecuting the Iranian Sunni community without a break. After all they are busy backing up a mass-murdering Sunni killer and tyrant in Syria and they are themselves active in fighting and killing the Syrian people, so here and there the Sunni community of Iran gets the opportunity to practice their religion (in their own majority Sunni areas!) without any interference from the Iranian regime and the Mullahs of Qom (and the Iranian regime is in need of granting the Iranian Sunni community such freedom, because this is what they are going to use to fool their gullible admirers from amongst the ignorants of the Sunnis worldwide to portray themselves as a Shi’ite, yet just and Sunni-friendly country). Here some pictures from the graduation:

 

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Crackdown on Persian Sunni students in Evaz (Fars/Larestan)

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UPDATE 6/05/2014: Two more Sunni students of the Fars (Persia) province of Iran were arrested!

Three Sunni students from the Evaz (in Larestan, south Iran) have been arrested. NOUR TV (the first Persian Sunni satellite channel run by mostly Larestani Persians) reports that Nour Mohammad Bigdeli, Hassan Dashteh and Mohammad Ranjir, three students of the Imam Shafi’i school of the city of Evaz have been arrested on Monday the 21st of April 2014 by Iranian intelligence forces of the Fars province.

 

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The Rise of Persian Salafism

Don’t get confused by the title, that’s what the de-turbanised Iranian theologian (!) used to refer to the Sunni awakening and revival inside Iran. Most native Iranians Sunnis are either Shafi’is (Persians in Larestan, Arabs in Hormozgan and Kurds) or Hanafis (Baloch, Turkmen and a minority amongst the Azeri Turks). Terms such as Salafism or ‘Wahhabism’ are employed by scaremongers to discredit the noble cause of many Iranian Shi’ites who without any force are freely choosing Sunnism over Safavid Shi’ism, after all Sunnism was the sect that flourished more than 900 years in Iran (compared to the 500 years of Shi’ism i.e. post-Safavid Iran).

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1022570-195788-1More Iranians are turning to Salafism out of disenchantment with the Islamic Republic’s Shiite creeds, creating a clear threat to the regime’s rule.

Iran consistently accuses the United States and its allies in the Middle East of provoking tension between Shiite and Sunni Muslims. Among these accusations is the notion that the West funds Persian-language satellite television networks whose sole goal is to ignite sectarian conflict. Tehran’s paranoid claims aside, many Persian broadcasters inside and outside the Islamic Republic are in fact engaged in a satellite war, and their various propaganda salvos point to a new phenomenon in Iran: the rise of Persian Salafism. The fact that a unique, puritanical interpretation of Sunni Islam is taking root in Shiite-ruled Iran has raised worries among the regime’s elite and the traditional Shiite establishment.

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Sami Zaatari – A Palestinian-Iranian defender of Islam

Brother Sami Zaatari is an American of Palestinian-Iranian descent, Zaatari is a writer, and a public speaker who has taken part in public events of inter-faith and inter-community discussions. Zaatari also holds an MSc in the field of Middle East Politics. He contributed articles to PalestineChronicle.com, Answering-Christianity.com and of course on his own website Muslim-Responses.com.

Check the links above, they inlcude debates with notorious Christian debaters like Sam Shamoun (Palestinian Christian) and rebuttals to the Ex-Shia Rafidite, Ali Sina.

Needless to mention that Sami Zaatari is a Sunni Muslim and not a Rafidi, just like Baba Ali (Youtube). By the way, this is Sami’s Youtube channel >>>

Late Qadhi Abdullah Mollazadeh

3The eminent Islamic scholar, late Qadhi Abdullah Mollazadeh was born in Heet village of Sarbaz in Baluchistan, Iran. His father, Haji Muhammad, and mother, Bibi Hazari, belonged to religious and obliged families. Late Qadhi Abdullah’s father passed away on the way of Hajj (Pilgrim) in Africa before arriving to Jeddah. Abdullah was a child on that time; he felt the soreness of orphans.

The mother of Qadhi Abdullah got married to “Nadhar-Muhammad”, one of the village’s elders. He lost his young brother as well; the family, mother, a brother and a sister, remained under sponsorship of Mr. Nadhar-Muhammad.

Late Qadhi Abdullah’s mother and step-father did their best upbringing him in a good way as he was an orphan. He became very good at reading the Noble Qur’an in his early age. Shaikh Abdullah used to help his family in the agricultural works. When the family of Shaikh saw his zeal and zest for Islamic education, they sent him to “Parud” village in the vicinity of Heat. Shaikh studied at “Mullah Abdol-Malek” in his school in evenings. In Mornings, he was taking part in domestic works of his family.

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Over one million Iranian Sunnis in Tehran – Iranian officials say

Sunday, 27 November 2011 15:36

TEHRAN Recently launched official statistics by the Centre of Census in Iran purport that the population of Sunni citizens of the Iranian capital, Tehran, has crossed one million. The news has exasperated some officials. A Shiite website, Shia-online, reported the news quoting an “informed authority” at the state-run census centre that there are more than one million Sunnis living in Tehran. The authorities confessed for the first time that the Sunni citizens of Tehran populate more than one million persons.The country-wide statistics was carried out in the last month in Iran.The religious Shi’a website expressed its deep concerns over the news, as the operators of the Persian website posted the news with a critical heading: “One Million Sunnis Live in the Capital of Shi’a World (Tehran)”…

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Famous Sunni Muslims of Persian origin in the arab world

Their faces are known to many Muslims, even in the west (due to translations), yet what many don’t know, some very famous and influental individuals in the arab world (only in the gulf area) are of Persian/Iranian origin. Of course, for us as Muslims, the origin of a fellow Muslim or even a fellow non-Muslim does not matter at all, we merely want to show the significance of the Persian Sunnah community in the Arab world, who only left their country (most are Persians from the “Fars” province of south Iran, who left Iran during, or after the presecution of the Rafidite-Safavids) due to Anti-Sunni policies of the Safawi (Sunnis had to pay more texes etc.)

(Note: The following individuls are NOT Iranian citizens, in fact they ascribe themselves to their new countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuweit, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE etc. for after all they were born there, and in most cases their families emigrated to arab countries over 400 years ago i.e. after the Rafidite-Shi’ite-Safavid invasion of Persia i.e. south Iran, their homeland).

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The Sunnah people and Sunnah areas in Iran

The Sunnah people and Sunnah areas in Iran

  • “الحمد لله رب العالمين و الصلاة و السلام على سيدنا محمد،المبعوث رحمة للعالمين و على اله و اصحابه و التابعين لهم باحسان الى يوم الديناما بعد:” مثل المؤمنين في توادهم و تراحمهم و تعاطفهم كمثل الجسد اذا اشتكى منه عضو تداعى له سائر الجسد بالسهر و الحمى
Before Islam, Iran was ruled by the cruel Sassanid empire. Iran was conquered in era of the second Caliph Omar Ibn Al-Khattab (Allah is well pleased with him) after a severe fight of the Muslim army (the companions of the Prophet, among them Africans, Europeans, Arabs of course AND Persians) and after that, the Iranians accepted the natural religion Islam. After Islam was accepted in most parts of Iran, there was also a very small Shia community  in the era of Umavids and Abbasids (Qom for instance was Shia before even Iran turned to a Shia country. There were some Zaidis i.e. moderate Shia and Rafidah i.e. Imamite Shias in some parts of Iran, mostly near the borders of Iraq, the mother of extreme Shi’ism). The Shia were restricted only in four cities of Iran: Kashan, Sabzavar, Qom and Saveh.
Before five centuries in 906 H.Q (1500 AD), when Safavian got the government, so the Shiah community in Iran started their activities and preached their idealogies. Finaly the first Shiite state appeared in the history of Iran after the Safavid dynasty forced most Iranians to convert to the extreme form of Shi’ism, the rejectionist (Rafidi) Imamite twelver sect. They literally massacred nearly an entire people, to make sure that those who won’t freely convert to Shi’ism eventually will do so.
After it, the king Ismaeel Safavi (founder of the Safawi State) took the reins of power in the Safawian State and adopted Tabriz, the capital of his government. As he declared the Shiah twelver sect the official religoin of the state in 907 H.Q(1501 AD), Then Sunnis in Iran suffered from deteriorations,  they faced injustice and were tortured, the Sunnis were displaced and massacred.
Since that time till today, the Shiites in Iran have full authority and hold the reins of power in all aspects of life, political, economical, social and other fields. On other side, the Sunni community does not have any authority they are kept away from the key posts of the country, they can not participate in important decisions, the Sunnis do not have any right inligislativ departments and management of the country, rather they are gifted all kinds of injustice and discrimination.
Because of the lack of precise statistical and no one is allowed  to carry out the precise number of minorities whose belong to differnet sectarianism and nationalism in Iran, it is very difficult to determine the number of those who belong to the Sunni community. But despite all that we can affirm that the number is estimated at more than 18 million people of the total population of Iran that is around 70 million. This number is equivalent to more than 25 percent of the population of Iran.
Current sources give a percentage of 9-10%, not long time ago the Iranian government seriously claimed that there are 2-4% Sunnis in Iran (in the last year they seem to be a bit more realistic and some Iranian state sources acknowledge a number of 9%). This of course is more than ridiculous but at the same time it is not unusual for secterian and racist governments to underestiminate the percentage of their religious and ethnic minorities (Turkey for explain underestiminates extremely their kurdish minority, even though the Kurds are nearly 30% of the turkish population!). Any Iran expert can do his very own quick research by analyzing the main ethnicities of Iran.
The areas of the Sunnis in Iran are as follows:
1-Kurdistan province that is located in western Iran. Its capital city is Sanandaj. the Kurdish people are nearly 100% of the population of the province. There are about 5-8 million Iranian Kurds in Iran, and most of them (except a minority like in Kermanshah, the Faily Kurds) are Sunnis.

2- Western Azerbaijan province: which is located in the northwest of Iran, here, the Kurdish Sunnis are majority of the province.

3- Kermanshah province: that is located in the southeast of Iran, Overthere, also the Kurdish people recognized the largest proportion of its population and the capital city of this provice is Kermanshah. (they are Sunni and Shia Kurds).

4- Turkmen Sahra: which is located in the northern Iran around of the coast of the Caspian Sea to the southern border of Turkmenistan. Turkmens are virtually all Sunnis and the population of the province is at least of one million.

5- Khorasan Province: that is located in northern Iran and extends to the borders of Afghanistan in eastern Iran. The Khorassan province is mostly Shia, with a notable Sunni minority. Cities like Birjand are at leat 50% Sunni and Khorassani Sunnis are of two ethnicities: Khorassanis (Persians of Khorassan) and Balochis.

6- Sistan and Baluchistan province: is located in the southeast of Iran, where Balochs are acknowledged the largest  proportion of its population. This region stretching from South Khorasan to the Sea of Oman in the south and from east to the Pakistan border. The population is between 2.5-3 million, there is a small minority of Shias (in Zahedan and Zabol, mostly Persian immigrants who are getting paid to move to Baluchistan). There are around 1.5-2 million Balochis in Iran.

7- Hormozgan province, especially BandarAbbas city, which is the capital city and its suburbs, Qeshm island and other areas on the coasts of the Gulf and Oman Sea. Hormozgan – just like other former majority Sunni provinces – also faces mass immigration of Shias from Tehran, Isfahan etc. Nevertheless, the province was and is still known to be a Sunni province. Qeshm Island is majority Sunni so are most of the cities like Bandar-e-Lengeh, Bandar-e-Abbas etc. Hormozgani Sunnis are of two ethnicities: Bandaris (southern Persians) and Arab Bandaris. The population of the province is around 1.5 million.

8- Fars province, especially Laristan and its suburbs and villages, also other areas of the province such as: Tala Dar, Khur, Owz, Kheng, Fishour and other regions. Fars province, as its name says (Fars=Persia) is the heartland of Iran and it still populated by original Persian Sunnis. Lurs and Persians are the two ethnicities representing the Sunnis of this province which has a notable Sunni minority.

9- Bushehr province, especially Bushehr city and its surrounding villages, also thes areas: Bandar Maqam,Tawbandi, Koshkenar and other areas in the southwestern of Iran. Most Sunnis are of arab origin.

10- The outskirts of Khalkhal city in Ardebil province.

11- Talish and Anbaran those are located in the west of the Caspian Sea in the north of Iran.

As one can see, geographically, the Sunnis in Iran live in the border areas, mostly. They live in separate cities and provinces and they are distinct from each other, thus making their appearance as one body weaker than Sunnis in Iraq or Bahrain.
Clearly Iran is a country which is made up of many ethnicities. Of these nine the most commonly reffered to are the Persians, Azeri, Kurds, Arabs and Baloch because they make up larger numbers. But according to different sources, there are around 80 different ethnicities in Iran.
The problem is that most would say that Persians make up a clear majority in Iran. This is however NOT true. One would naturally think that a country that has during most of it’s existence been known as “Persia” by outsiders would be majority Persian. The point is understandable – but this is a misconception.
There is a tendency by Persians too, to underestimate the Azeri, Kurdish, Balcoh and  Arab numbers – because they are all in significant numbers and can or do outnumber the Persians themselves. The Westerner can also be blamed for this generalization of the peoples of Iran. Western travellers have been “blind” to ethnic divisions and consequently thought of the Kurds, Azeris, Arabs etc. as “Persian”…
Below you will find a list of the largest ethnic groups of Iran – according to different sources (than those which are internationally recognized in e.g. by “world fact book”:

Population:
77,891,220 (July 2011 est.)

Ethnic groups:
Persian 51%, Azeri 24%, Gilaki and Mazandarani 8%, Kurd 7%, Arab 3%, Lur 2%, Baloch 2%, Turkmen 2%, other 1%
Religions:
Muslim 98% (Shia 89%, Sunni 9%), other (includes Zoroastrian, Jewish, Christian, and Baha’i) 2%

Let’s convert that into a round number – 80 million.
The nine largest ethnicities in Iran and their estimated in numbers and % (of 78 million):

Azeris ca. 24% = 18 million (Shia)

Persians (Bandari, Khorasani etc) ca. 51 % = 39 million (majority Shia, small Sunni communities, mostly in Khorasan and the southern areas of Iran, i.e. Hormozgan/Bandaris)

Kurds ca. 7 % = 5  million (mostly Sunni)

Arabs ca. 3 % = 2 million  (majority Shia, with a significant Sunni minority in Khuzestan and the gulf areas of Iran)

Balochs ca. 2 % = 1.5 million  (Sunni)

Turkic groups – (Qashqai, Turkmen etc.) ca. 3 % = 2 million  (majority Sunni)

Gilaki and Mazandaranica. 8 % = 6  million (Shia with Sunni minority)

According to our and other Sunni Iranian sources (like the Shura council of the Iranian Sunnis “Shams”) these numbers are very underestimated. Most “independant” sources mostly rely on CIA and the sources of the Iranian government, which does not give a official, up-to-date release of its religious minorities. As we said before, we, like the “Shura council” believe that Sunnis in Iran make up at least 20% of the population. The percentage of 9% is definately underestimated, yet even if one looks at the official numbers one can easily figure out that Sunni Iranians  at the very least are are no more less than 10 million and this makes them the largest religious minority group of Iran. This is the whole point, wether they are 10, 15 million is not the issue, rather it is notable that Sunnis, after the Shias are the largest sect inside Iran.