Sunni Muslims Declare Support for Iran’s New President
A group of Sunni Muslims in Iran announced on Thursday that Sunnis will support Iranian new president Hassan Rouhani. Last week, an Iraqi Jihadist group called on Iran’s Sunnis to overthrow Islamic Republic of Iran, as Shiites are looking to ‘get rid of’ Sunnis in the country.
Osama Bin-Hazegh, a Sunni Muslim who lives in Khuzestan province, says Sunnis will definitely support Hassan Rouhani, but he should respect the rights of minorities in Iran.
Currently, Sunnis are banned from holding religious events in Tehran. In recent years, they were also banned from holding own Eid prayers in the Iranian capital.
“Sunnis are extremely suffering from discriminations. Last month, an Iranian mobile network insulted a Sunni Imam. These kinds of measures against minorities should be stopped as soon as possible.” Bin-Hazegh told the Herald Boy on Tuesday.
At the same time, members of the Sunni faction of the Iranian parliament released a statement expressing their support for Hassan Rouhani’s choice of ministers. According to this statement, Sunni MPs are going to approve most suggested ministers in order to please the new president.
According to the 2011 census, Sunni Muslims constitute approximately 9% of the Iranian population. Most of them reside in the provinces of Sistan and Baluchistan, Kurdistan, West Azarbaijan, Kermanshah and Ilam.
“We are not looking to hurt and damage the Islamic Republic of Iran. Sunnis played a key role in Iran’s victory during Iran-Iraq war, which lasted for eight years. A large number of martyrs were actually Sunni, so the Iranian government should reward the communities of Sunnis in the country.” Osama Bin-Hazegh concluded.
Over the past few years, the government under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dispatched a remarkable number of Shia clergymen to Sunni communities in the hope of converting them to Shi’a Islam as a worthwhile religious endeavor. Socialists and activists have already criticized the Iranian government for taking these kinds of nefarious actions.