Despite repeated pleas by the leaders of the community, Iran’s politicians have constantly turned a blind eye to the plight of Baha’is.

Muslims all over the world in non-Islamic nations are now living in the fear of Islamophobic non-Muslims, fighting daily for a peaceful survival. Ironically, in Muslim-majority Iran, the situation of the people of the minority Baha’i community is going from bad to worse. The systematic persecution of Baha’is in Iran is well-known. Despite repeated pleas by the leaders of the community, Iran’s politicians have constantly turned a blind eye to their plight.

Iran’s lack of initiatives to put an end to the persecution of Bahai’s Iran, the Baha’i International Community has declared in a report that Iran is on a deliberate mission to crush the presence of the community in the country. This could possibly result in the issue being recognized as a full-fledged religious persecution which can have dire consequences for Iran in the future.

The Baha’i face discrimination in all fields, particularly in education. The Baha’i youth are unable to pursue higher education, and remain under-qualified. Muslims refuse to conduct trade with the Baha’i, either in selling to them or buying from them so the community is weakening from the inside. If this continues, there will be a time when the Baha’is in Iran will start dying due to an inability to have their basic needs met.

What makes this issue more tragic is the Baha’i faith has been officially banned in Iran. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of Iran in 2013, announced publicly Muslims are not allowed to have any kind of dealings, business or otherwise, with the Baha’i. Today, the unreasonable arrests the community was once facing have been replaced by a calculated social and economic isolation, which will eventually kill the community slowly.

The chief representative of the Baha’i at the United Nations, Bani Dugal, believes Iran has changed its game so the oppression can be disguised. While arrests and other kinds of legal action against the community members would attract global attention, the new strategy would work in slowly suffocating the Baha’i to death without making any noise at the global level.

The report has also brought to light more than 20,000 cases of anti-Baha’i content in Iranian media that attempts to intensify the hatred of the Baha’i. Whether the report will be successful in getting all the nations to come together in pressurizing Iran to put an end to this evil practice is something only time can answer.

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