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About Iran

  • Leader:Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Supreme Leader)/President Hassan Rouhani
  • Government:Islamic republic
  • Population:80.3 million (450,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Islam
  • Persecution Level:Extreme
  • Source of Persecution:Islamic extremism

In the Islamic Revolution of 1979 the Shah was removed and Iran was changed into an Islamic Republic. Shia Islamic clerics took political control, today headed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. During his reign, the Shah had started a program of modernization and Western influences entered the country. On the other hand, dissidents were heavily oppressed. As a result, the Shah lost the support of powerful religious, political and popular forces paving the way for an overthrow. In the view of Iran’s current leaders, expanding the influence of Shia Islam in the Middle East is a means of continuing the revolution. Particularly in Iraq, Shia Islam has regained influence since the demise of Saddam Hussein and the surge of Islamic State in large parts of the country. Christianity is also considered a condemnable Western influence, an imminent threat to the Islamic identity of the Republic. Especially as their numbers are growing and, allegedly, even children of political and spiritual leaders are leaving Islam for Christianity. Apart from Christians, the rights of other religious minorities like Jews, Bahai’s, Zoroastrians, Dervish and Sunni Muslims are violated as well.

Recent News from Iran

Mar 14 2016

Finding Trust in Iran

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"Even my Savior wasn't favored above a criminal, by those who didn’t know Him."

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Feb 23 2016

Pray for Iran During Election Time

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Parliament elections and Assemblies of Expert elections are being scheduled for this Friday, February 26th in Iran.

The regime of the clerics has tightened its strong controlling power by reducing the speed of internet and by putting more pressure on all Iranian citizens, including Christians.

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Feb 9 2016

Every Day In Prison Was A Lesson From the Lord

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Pastor Reza* is a follower of Christ in Iran. He has a leading role in a house church and was imprisoned for this. Through these most difficult struggles, he came to know the deep peace of the Lord.

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Prayer Points for Iran

  • Pray for Christians in Iran’s prisons to have genuine love for their guards and fellow inmates.
  • Pray that persecuted Christians would share the hope of Christ with other persecuted minorities.
  • Pray for Christians who have been cursed and disowned by their families for their faith.

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