Then They Came for the Bahai

June 28, 2008

In this opinion piece in the New York-area Jewish newspaper The Forward, an Iranian Jew writes about the relative treatment of Jews and Bahá'ís in Iran. Despite the harsh rhetoric against Israel, the Iranian regime actually protects the rights of Jewish minorities. At one and the same time, the Bahá'ís are treated as infidels and apostates, denied rights of education, inheritance, assembly, and so forth.

The Holy Qur'an says of the followers of the Israelite prophets and of Christ: "Say, 'We believe in God and what has been sent down to us and what was sent down to Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes, and what Moses and Jesus and all the prophets were given by their Lord. We do not differentiate between any of them. We are Muslims submitted to Him.' (Qur'an, 3:84)