July 20, 2016 Comments Off on The rising Sunni population and shrinking Shia population of Iran – From the Ayatollat’s mouth
The rising Sunni population and shrinking Shia population of Iran – From the Ayatollah’s mouth
Since over a decade the number of the Sunnis of Iran are estimated based on out dated figures, most sources (especially Iranian and Shia ones) constantly speak of a Sunni population of 9-10% (in the past the Iranian regime even claimed there were only 4-5% Sunnis in Iran, a claim so ridiculous that even the regime itself stopped repeating it).
Iranian Sunni politicians, scholars, websites and organizations complain about the absence of any official records regarding their community and believe their number is much greater (between 20-25%) than what is usually estimated.
July 8, 2016 Comments Off on Imprisonment of an Iranian Khorassani Sunni student
Abdulsamad Rahmani, an ethnic Khorassani (Persians from the Iranian Khorassan province which has a large Persian Sunni population) from Birjand city and a student of the largest Sunni institute of Iran in, Daar al-Uloom Makki, in Zahedan, Sistan-Balochestan province was arrested and taken to an unknown place just before he was to continue his studies in Zahedan. Intelligence services refused to tell his family about his whereabouts.
December 1, 2015 Comments Off on Sunni scholar’s detention in solitary confinement continues, north Iran (Gilan)
January 19, 2015 Comments Off on Sunni prayer room in the Tehran shut down
Two Sunni converts may face death penalty in Iran – The Neo-Safavid’s fear of mass-conversions to Sunnism!
December 12, 2014 Comments Off on Two Sunni converts may face death penalty in Iran – The Neo-Safavid’s fear of mass-conversions to Sunnism!
Two men from Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority who were active in preaching Sunni beliefs after converting from Shi’ism to Sunni Islam have been charged with ‘causing corruption on earth’, a charge which carries a possible death penalty in Iran.
According to the indictment issued by the Public Prosecutor of Mahshahr city, 23-year old Hossein Saboori and 25-year old Sami Zebady Alboghobesh, have also been charged with ‘having contact with foreign [Sunni] political organisations’ and ‘having Salafi beliefs’.
November 1, 2014 Comments Off on Ahwazi Sunni convert beaten & taken to unknown location by security forces, Iran
A Sunni convert from Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority was beaten and taken to an unknown location by Iranian security forces after his arrest last week.
27-year old Amin Mogheinemi was beaten in front of his family by agents from the Ministry of Intelligence who raided his home in Malkiya Allyeh in Ahwaz on 23 October 2014, before being taken to an unknown location.
October 6, 2014 Comments Off on Eid 2014: Sunni Muslims prevented from holding Eid prayers in parts of Tehran, Iran
Security forces were deployed early in the morning around Sunni prayer sites in parts of Tehran on 5 October 2014, the day Iran celebrated Eid al-Adha, and prevented Sunni Muslims from entering prayer sites in the Sadeghiya district in northwest Tehran, and in Sa’adat Abad, north Tehran.
Despite Sunnis being the largest religious minority in the Shia majority Iran, with records indicating that there are more than a million Sunnis living in Tehran alone, the Iranian government has prevented a Sunni mosque from being built in Tehran.