An Artwork to Unite all Religions in Iran

HRANA News Agency – Ayatollah Abdul Hamid Masumi Tehrani who does Persian miniature and gilding, has offered a symbolic artwork which was made by himself and “carries a legacy of cultures and religions of Mandaean, Christian, Jewish, Zoroastrian, Baha’i, Yarsan, Shiites and Sunnis in Iran” with the aim of unity and equality.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Ayatollah Abdul Hamid Masumi Tehrani, artist living in Tehran says the artwork “carries a legacy of cultures and religions of Mandaean, Christian, Jewish, Zoroastrian, Baha’i, Yarsan, Shiites and Sunnis in Iran”.
According to a written post published on Mr. Masumi’s website, he pointed out: “The message of the work does not only refer to a simple invitation for convergence on Iran’s religions, but rather claims that Iran can only be integrated and correlated when we could recognize the religious differences and consider no religion better than the other one; and next to it emphasizes on our fundamental similarities as human beings and our fundamental rights, especially on freedom to choose the style of our lives.”
The cleric from Tehran who had been earlier arrested and sentenced to prison several times by various security agencies, announced that he had chopped his artwork and offered any part of this to the believers of religions in Iran, and explained in connection with his actions “although any artist would not like to chop or incomplete his art but I would mind to draw my countrymen’s attention to this issue that fanatical insistence on their religious beliefs and neglecting our human commonalities with other religions, will have no outcome other than the mental, emotional and intellectual separation of humans.”
Ayatollah Abdul Hamid Masumi Tehrani has used eighty pieces of diamonds at this art and told that these diamonds were signs of eighty millions of current Iranian souls. “He considered ten diamonds for each religion and said, “the contribution of each sector is 10 diamonds which show that the majority or minority in the number of followers of a religion cannot prove the superiority of one over the other.”
According to the critical cleric, he has delivered the art work to the following people from different religious groups:
Hakham of Persian Jews along with a group of Jewish worshipers, on behalf of the Jewish countrymen
A group of Sunni scholars of Kurdistan, Iran, on behalf of Sunnis
Sabean Mandaean Association, on behalf of Mandaeans
Mobad Mobadan and Zoroastrian Mobad, on behalf of Zoroastrians
Group of Baha’is, on behalf of the Baha’I community
Yarsan representative, Sadat Dodman Heidari, on behalf of Yarsan followers

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