More than 20 Sunni converts arrested at Qur’an study meeting, Ahwaz

HRANA News Agency – More than 20 converts to Sunni Islam were arrested at a Qur’an and Arabic study meeting in the Arab city of Ahwaz, southwestern Iran.


According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), at least 20 Sunni men had gathered to study the Qur’an and the Arabic language in the house of one of the men in the Hay al-Thawra district on Tuesday evening. Sources say that security forces surrounded the house at around 10pm, before arresting all those who were present. The men were taken to an unknown location.


The men had all converted from Shiism to Sunni Islam, reflecting a rising trend of Sunni conversion among the mainly Shia Ahwazi Arabs in Iran. The latest arrests follows news of the arrest of nine Ahwazi men for ‘religious activism’ earlier this year, after they also converted to Sunni Islam.


The names of some of the arrested ones is as following:

1. Hassan Abiyat

2. Abbas Abiyat

3. Jasem Toyrat

4. Seyyed Naser Vahed Mousavi

5. Ahmad Abiyat

6. Jafar Savari

7. Seyyed Mousa Mousavi

8. Seyyed Abbas Mousavi

9. Seyyed Reza Mousavi

10. Heydar Jalil Savari

11. Seyyed Mehdi Mousavi

12. Basem Savari

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