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In January it was reported that the Iranian parliament which would give equal "blood money" to Muslims and non-Muslims. This is payment paid to the families of those murdered or killed in a vehicle accident. Earlier this month, the Iranian Guardian Council rejected the amendment to Article 297 of Iran's Islamic Penal Code, saying that it goes against Sharia law which outlines that a non-Muslim is to get 1/12 what a Muslim receives. The Guardian Council is a group of Muslim clerics who must approve all legislation. In their letter to the Parliament Speaker, Mehdi Karroubi, the Council said that the final decision will lie with the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and they will abide by his decision.
Original Persecution and Prayer Alert story published January 15, 2003
(News Reports from IRIB News and Jomhouri-ye Eslami)

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Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
85,888,910 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity
Persian, Azeri, Kurd, Lur, Baloch, Arab, Turkmen and Turkic tribes

Religion (%)
Islam (99.6), other, including Christian (0.3), Unspecified (0.2)

Leader
President Ebrahim Raisi (2021)

Government type
Theocratic republic

Legal system
Religious legal system based on secular and Islamic law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Iran

As the Gospel message goes forth over the airwaves, may the growth of the church continue to multiply despite persecution. Pray that the Iranian government will be open to change, allowing full rights and protection for its non-Muslim citizens as well. In the meantime, may those who are forced to flee the country find safe refuge and help so they can live in peace and worship the Lord with freedom.

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