Zoroastrianism Under Islam

Aug 2014
There was too many to insist they convert and behead if they didnt ......
That ruling was only for pagans of Arabia. Zoroastrians were given dhimmi status. Quran (22:17) counts Majus مجوس (Arabic word for Zoroastrians) among those who believe in God along with Sabeans, Christians and Jews.


Ad Honorem
Aug 2015
^^ Any evidence to support the claim "That ruling was only for pagans of Arabia"?
Aug 2018
To our surprise Zoroastrianism is still allowed in Iran and alive to-day, they still have their sacred fire burning in various temples. This ancient religion also survived in various forms. They are also called in Persian as AteshKedah (آتشكده fire+place).
-The Yazidi people are descendants of the old religion; it has changed but still preserves the duality of good and bad. They live in South-East Turkey, Syria and Iraq. You must've heard them being persecuted by ISIS lately in large numbers. They are falsely deemed to be worshipping Satan/Sheitan for they praise fire and the peacock god. You notice the Zoroastrian symbol of half man, half bird. Their physical characteristics as people with brown skin, green eyes and orange hair.
-In the Christian world it also found its place. Manichaeism was a movement based of Buddhism and Zoroastrianism, found in Iran in the 3rd c.. The movement spread into central Europe and was persecuted. It survived until the 1300s in central Asia.
-The religion also found its place in Islam, the Alewies and Yarsan belief (or Ahl-e Haq, Anglice People of Truth, 2 million followers in Iran). Although the latter reportedly don't define themselves as Muslims, the Alewies do (15-20 million people, Turkey, mostly Turks). The sect has its origins in the central Asia in a region where both Turkic and Arian peoples live side by side, thus a combination of Turkic Shamanism and Iranian beliefs were modified into Shia Islam when they converted. The movement emphasises on the sacred number of 12, placing burning candles on sacred places, in the Dersim region (isolated Iranian tribe) they salute the Sun during her rise with open arms, salute her once during the midday and during her leave.
-People do celebrate the beginning of the spring with a celebration including ritualistic fire, celebration called as Nawrooz (lit. new+day). The ritual goes back to an ancient Iranian story of some children slaying a child-eating giant. It's also adopted by Turkic people in central Asia and Anatolia. Kurds naturally celebrate it for they are another Arian/Iranian tribe.
-The famous Sufi Whirling of Rumi sect (Rumi had migrated from Afghanistan, where is Arian) is also an Iranian motive rooted in fire-preaching belief. Not to forget Alewies also practice whirling in their rituals.
-The Zoroastrians still reportedly practice what is called as 'Sky Burial'. They expose their dead in the 'Tower of Silence', accordingly to a report from 1990s, vultures eat up the body, dropping pieces around the village.