Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Conversion to Zoroastrianism....

Conversion to Zoroastrianism & Sedreh Pushi (Navjote)
July 20, 2008 by Plateau of Iran

Some say conversion to Zoroastrianism is not permitted without considerable thought, soul searching, practical knowledge and contemplation. I only agree with the mentioned qualifications.

Many Traditional & Conservative Zoroastrians - especially Parsi “Mobeds” (Zoroastrian “Priests”) in India - are not in favor of conversion, nor allow it. Iranian-Zoroastrian Mobeds are more receptive, but with caution & for good reasons.

Although, centuries ago, before Arab-Islam invasion of Iran (7th century CE) conversion was allowed, on occasions even sought, thereafter, was discontinued due to a number of reasons. One reason is said to have stemmed from an Islamic, particularly, Shia Muslim practice called Al Taqiyah (dissimulation).

A non-Zoroastrian, particularly from Iranian origins, according to Iranian-Zoroastrian Mobeds (Priests), is often welcomed to join in Zoroastrian gatherings and celebrations, as “friends” of the faith. More so as most Iranians, by the virtue of their forefathers and mothers were in fact Zoroastrians. It is important to explore, and become familiar with one’s original identity, faith and religion. Let’s also remember that Zoroastrians, unlike certain other religions, did not forcefully convert others, nor destroyed other peoples’ religions, culture, nor holy places in the name of Zoroastrianism or conversion.

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