Archive for the ‘Sufis’ Category

Book documenting the persecution of the Gonabadi Dervishes Minority and the Destruction of their Hosseiniyeh in Qom During the Month of Bahman 1384/2006

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

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Documents Show the Hand of the Iranian Authorities in Attacks Against the Gonabadi Dervishes in Boroujerd:

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

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Ultimate Degradation of Sacred Site for Sufis.

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Iranian security forces spread human waste and water to cover Takht-i-Foulad in Esfahan, the site of where Dervishes had planned to gather and perform their community obligatory prayers last Thursday

براي جلوگيري از نماز اداره اطلاعات اقدام به پاشيدن فضولات انساني در محل خرابه هاي تكيه تخت فولاد اصفهان نمود.

روز پنج شنبه 8 اسفند ماه 1387، بر حسب استنصار قبلی دراویش اصفهان جمع کثیری از دراویش سلسله نعمت اللهی گنابادی جهت برگزاری مجلس درویشی شب جمعه، در خرابه های تکیه درویش ناصر علی گرد هم آمدند. نیروهای امنیتی و مامورین خدمات شهری و آتش نشانی از ساعاتی قبل مقادیر زیادی کودانسانی و آب در محوطه تخت فولاد اصفهان پخش کردند تا مانع حضور دراویش و مراسم نماز آنها باشند.

دراويش محل برگزاری مجلس را پاک کرده و پس از تطهير آن در آنجا اقدام به برگزاري نماز و تشكيل مجلس فقري نمودند. مجلس درویشی شب جمعه اصفهان با حضور چهارصد تن از دراویش گنابادی در خرابه های حسینیه اصفهان برگزارگرديد. و اين در حالي بود كه تعداد زیادی از ماموران لباس شخصی و نيروي يگان ويژه ضد شورش و نيروي انتظامي کلانتریهای اصفهان این منطقه را بشدت تحت محاصره داشتند. اين مجلس بدون هیچ درگیری پایان یافت.

اين اقدام اداره اطلاعات اصفهان يعني پاشيدن فضولات انساني در محل برگزاري نماز بسياري از مردم اصفهان را با اين سوال مواجه كرد كه اولا ابداعات عمروعاص هنوز در ايران متولي دارد و از سوي ديگر مالياتي كه از مردم ايران گرفته ميشود و به عنوان حقوق به ماموران اطلاعات داده ميشود صرف خريد و پاشيدن فضولات انساني براي جلوگيري از اقامه نماز جماعت ميگردد. ارايت الذي ينهي عبدا اذا صلي

يكي از عابرين با صداي بلند به ديگران ابراز ميداشت با اين سياست قصد دارند اسلام را صادر كنند و در مجامع بين المللي حضور يابند. همينگونه رفتارهاي اين دوستان نادان و دشمنان داناست كه اسلام را در جهان نزد افكارعمومي بين المللي خوار كرده و ايرانيان در سراسر جهان سرافكنده هستند و هيچ دولتي در روي كره زمين با كشور ايران روابط حسنه ندارد و بلكه همه جهان كمر همت بسته اند تا ايران و حكومتش را از بين ببرند

List of Dervishes to be Transfered to Evin Prison

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

The many dervishes who have been imprisoned after their recent demonstrations are now in the process of getting transferred by the authorities to the notorious Evin prison. 118 of their names are included here but this list does not include the names of all inmates in custody at the moment.

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Iranian Authorities Destroy Sufi Holy Site In Isfahan

Friday, February 20th, 2009

This article was originally published in Radio Free Europe

February 18, 2009
By Golnaz Esfandiari
A house of worship of the Gonabadi dervishes in Isfahan has
reportedly been destroyed by the Iranian authorities.

The reason for the destruction — which reportedly took place
shortly after midnight on February 18 — is not clear, but it comes
amid growing pressure on dervishes, who practice the Sufi tradition
of Islam, and other religious minorities in Iran.

The dervish house of worship, or hosseinieh, was located next to the
tomb of the great poet and dervish Naser Ali at the historical
Takht-e Foulad cemetery, where a number of respected Iranian figures
are buried.

Dervishes gathered there to pray, meditate, read Sufi poetry, and
perform religious ceremonies. In recent months, following the
demolition of several dervish sites throughout Iran, dervishes in
Isfahan had expressed concern that their hosseinieh could meet a
similar fate.

To prevent that from happening, several of the local dervishes were
spending nights at the hosseinieh to keep watch.

But there was little they could do when, in the early hours of
February 18, some 200 members of the security forces, police, and
plainclothes agents arrived.

The dervishes’ mobile phones were taken away to prevent them from
informing others of the raid, and they were detained and transferred
to a police station.

Abdol Saleh Loghmani, one of the Isfahan dervishes, told RFE/RL that
the security forces cut off water and electricity to the area, and
destroyed the walls around the poet’s tomb with a bulldozer.


FCNN: Death Penalty for Apostates in Iran

Monday, February 25th, 2008

The Iranian parliament may mandate the death penalty for citizens who

leave Islam, a human rights group announced this week.  

 For the first time in Iranian history, a proposed penal code demands the death penalty for “apostates,” according to a February 5 statement by the Institute on Religion and Public Policy -IRPP 


“Apostasy was always illegal, but the court could hand down a jail term, hard labor or the death penalty,” said IRPP President Joseph Grieboski. “Now apostasy [would only] get the death penalty.


Iran has used the “apostasy” law to target Muslim converts to Christianity, liberal thinkers and members of Iran’s Baha’i religious minority


“This is not something new, they just want to be more harsh towards those who are leaving Islam,” an Iranian pastor told Compass.


No converts to Christianity have been convicted of “apostasy” since international pressure forced officials to drop the death sentence of Christian convert Mehdi Dibaj in 1994. But in the years following the convert’s release, Dibaj and four other Protestant pastors, both converts and those working with converts, have been brutally murdered.


The murderers of the Christians have never been brought to justice. Local believers suspect the government played a role in the killings


“They began assassinating pastors and Christian workers,” said the Iranian pastor, who requested anonymity. “Legally, they did not take them to court, but they just killed them and said that they hanged themselves and gave some other excuses. 


‘Hardship’ for Women


The penal code proposal, already approved by the Iranian cabinet a month ago, appears to have the necessary parliamentary backing to be passed, an Iranian Christian told Compass. 


Article 225 of the draft, posted on the IRPP website, stipulates two kinds of “apostasy,” “innate and parental,” both of which warrant the death penalty 


Innate “apostates” are those who grow up with at least one Muslim parent, are Muslims at the age of maturity and then later leave the faith, the article states 


“Punishment for an Innate Apostate is death,” section seven of the article stipulates 


Known as “parental apostates,” citizens who grow up in non-Muslim homes, convert to Islam as adults and then later decide to leave are to be given a chance to repent before their execution, the draft states


“… After the final sentencing for three days, he/she would be guided to the right path and encouraged to recant his/her belief,” the article stipulates. “… If he/she refused, the death penalty would be carried out


Though sections of the draft appear to indicate that both men and women can be executed for apostasy, others limit execution to males who leave Islam. Section 225-10 states that convicted female “apostates” will be imprisoned for life.


The proposed law stipulates that “hardship” will be exercised on a female “apostate,” who will be immediately released if she recants. “The condition of hardship will be determined according to the religious laws,” the draft states.


Death Penalty for Drunkard


It remains unclear how far the government will go in implementing the revised apostasy law. In recent years no Christians are known to have been convicted of apostasy


In May 2005 a former military officer and Muslim convert to Christianity was acquitted of apostasy by an Islamic court in Bandar-i Bushehr. 


“This [new penal code] might open the hands of the fanatics to do more harm,” said the Iranian pastor. “It just depends which group [in the government] has more power, the radicals or the moderates 


The new draft also extends the government’s jurisdiction to all actions taken outside of Iran, the IRPP reported. Article 112-3-1 of the draft refers to actions against “the internal and external security of the country,” but leaves the definition of “security” open to interpretation.


“Our concern lies in the fact that any movement anywhere can be tried if the government considers it being against Islam,” IRPP president Grieboski said


A number of crimes, including repeated drunkenness, rape, murder, armed robbery, drug trafficking, “apostasy,” adultery and male homosexuality are capital offenses in Iran.


Last week, a Tehran criminal court sentenced a 22-year-old man to death after he was caught a fourth time in possession of alcohol and in a state of drunkenness. 


At least 28 convicts were executed in January, the BBC reported. According to the news agency, human rights groups said that Iran carried out the death penalty on nearly 300 people last year.