Larijani

Parliament Speaker: Iranian constitution stresses equality for religious minorities

FNA- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani underlined that followers of the divine religions are all treated in the same way as Islam is the religion of equality and brotherhood.

“The Iranian constitution does not differentiate between followers of different religions and considers all religions in an equal manner,” Larijani said in a meeting with the parliament’s Armenian, Assyrian and Christian lawmakers in Tehran on Wednesday.

The Iranian parliament speaker reiterated that the followers of different faiths are living peacefully beside each other.

“Jesus Christ (PBUH) like other prophets was messenger of peace and friendship and his method was bases on creation of justice, friendship and prosperity for all people,” Larijani added.

In relevant remarks in late December, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in a congratulatory message on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ (PBUH) underlined the proximities between Islam and Christianity.

“Jesus is the prophet of us the Muslims too,” Ayatollah Khamenei wrote on his Twitter account on the occasion of Christmas and the new Christian year.

The Supreme Leader reiterated that there are many verses in the Holy Quran about Jesus Christ (PBUH).

“We recognize him as an arch-prophet,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.

In a relevant development also last month, it was reported that the PDF version of a book titled ‘Christ in Night of Glory’ which deals with the story of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei’s visit to the homes of Christian martyrs, has become available for public use.

The book was translated into English in January 2016, nearly a year after its publication in Persian, during Christmas and New Year and after a recent visit by Ayatollah Khamenei to an Assyrian martyr’s home.

The book provides international readers with an account of interesting events in the meetings of Ayatollah Khamenei with the families of Christian martyrs.

Christ in Night of Glory tells the story of visits made by Ayatollah Khamenei since 1984 when he was president at the time until early 2011 to the time of his leadership.

The interesting point about the meetings is the surprising nature of it and the reaction of hosts when they realize that the Leader will go to their homes in few minutes.

Each story begins with a short introduction of the martyr and then comes to the visit and the conversations made between the Leader of the Islamic Revolution and the martyr’s family members. This narrative theme actually makes the book more interesting and makes it a must-read.

According to the publisher, the translation into English from the original Persian will be sent to Armenia, Lebanon, Europe and the USA for the further knowledge of Armenians (and Assyrians) who were living in Iran since ancient times.