By Ayatollah Abdul-Hamid Masumi Tehrani
Translation by Iran Press Watch
In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Baha’is all over the world are commemorating and celebrating the Bicentenary of the Birth of Baha’u’llah; the founder of the Baha’i Faith.
Baha’i Faith’s origins are in Iran, and the Iranian culture and civilization is apparent in the teachings of this Faith. However, this Faith and its followers – as has been the case with all other religions that have faced pressures and protests in the areas that they originated from – have been faced with discriminations and various hardships from the very beginning of its Manifestation, in the location of its birth. Unfortunately, after passing of more than a century, not only has this discrimination not stopped, but it has shamelessly multiplied in the recent years.
It is unfortunate that due to prejudices, and religious suspicion, the followers of this Faith and this ideology, that has embedded the Iranian culture in the fabric of its moral teachings, are faced with such hostility and discrimination, as well as individual and societal deprivation, in the cradle of its birth.
I offer my congratulations, on this Bicentenary Celebration of the Founder and Revealer of the Bahai Faith, to all followers of Baha’u’llah – especially my fellow compatriots. I am hopeful that this ideological disease, that has plagued our region for many years, which claims: “all those who don’t match my thinking and don’t share my religious ideology, should be destitute and deprived of all their individual and societal rights”; be elevated, with utmost urgency, in mindfulness and social awareness so that the worth and station of individuals can be identified by their humanity, so that the followers of all religions and Faiths, without any discrimination, enjoy the same dignity and respect, and live side by side in peace and harmony.
Iran – Tehran
12 October 2017
The imploring one, Abdul-Hamid Masumi Tehrani