Jannati says that non-Muslims “cannot be called human beings but are animals who roam the earth and engage in corruption.”
And you know what happens to those who roam the earth and engage in corruption: “The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land” (Qur’an 5:33).
But when a Zoroastrian lawmaker (Iran’s parliament reserves a few seats for religious minorities) protested being characterized as an animal, it was he who was charged with slander!
Tehran, 28 Nov. (AKI) – Iranian parlamentarian Kurosh Niknam, a member of Iran’s Zoroastrian religious minority has been summoned to appear before the country’s Revolutionary Tribunal after being accused of spreading false news and showing lack of respect for the authorities. The charges stem from comments Niknam made to protest against derogatory remarks against non-Muslims uttered by a close aide to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
Non-Muslims “cannot be called human beings but are animals who roam the earth and engage in corruption.” said Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati last week at a ceremony in north-eastern Iran to commemorate the ‘martyrs’ of the Revolutionary Guards and the war against Iraq (1980-88).
Nikam described the remarks as “an unprecedented slur against religious minorities.”…
The Zoroastrian community in Iran is estimated to number some 22,000 – half the size of that in existence before the 1979 Islamic revolution.
This is the kind of thing that has happened to all the non-Muslim communities in the Muslim world, and explains why they are all so small.