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This site was created in response to allegation blatantly false allegations towards the Arab people made by a Persian Nationalist. He made reference to letters sent from  Caliph Omar and the Sasanian ruler Yazdgird.I was told that such a letter existed at the British Museum. I then took it upon myself to send email to the appropriate people in order to discover whether or not this letter is authentic. We made an agreement that if this letter was not found at the British Museum/ British Library and was forgery he would apologise, conversly if it were authentic I would apologise for calling it a forgery and would recognise its authenticity. Here are the fruits of my labour:


Dear Mr Paterson

Thank you for your enquiry about an exchange of letters between the Caliph Omar and the Sasanian ruler Yazdgird. I'm sorry to disappoint you by telling you that there are definitely no such documents in the British Library, and in fact it is most unlikely that there ever were such letters.

Your question is an 'old favourite' which crops up periodically, and so I did a bit of research trying to locate the source of the English translations. Everything seemed to lead to the internet and I found postings about it on these sites:

http://www.stormfront.org/forum/showthread.php?t=114803 (discussion group of the Stormfront White Pride World Wide)
http://forum.skadi.net/showthread.php?t=23261 (Free Speech Forum for Germanic preservationists). This site seems to be inaccessible now to non-members
http://www.bozorgbazgasht.com/yazdgird.html (forum for Iranian  Zartoshti (Zoroastrians) and newly converted Iranian Zartoshtis in  Europe)
http://www.iran-heritage.org/interestgroups/islam-article4.htm

Most of these sites contain what is basically the same English translation of the letters. The posting on Skadi Forum quotes Dr 'X' who writes that he translated the letters from Persian into English, and that the originals were translated from Pahlavi and Arabic into Persian in the 1980s. The original copy of the letter from Yazdgird III (632 AD - 651 AD), he writes, "has been posesed by The British Archeologists and (at the original time of the translation to todays Persian in 1980s) it used to be in a Museum in London (possibly British Museum of London at the time)"

None of these sites give any bibliographical references to the Persian translation of the 1980s nor to the manuscript originals - except as described above. One site (www.bozorgbazgasht.com) includes two photos, but there is nothing to suggest that they are the genuine manuscripts, in fact the letter from Yazdgird does not look at all like Pahlavi, though it is too badly reproduced to say exactly what it is.

I hope this answer helps.

Yours sincerely,

Ursula Sims-Williams
Iranian Collections
British Library
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From: John Paterson [mailto:kuroshinquiry@yahoo.com]
Sent: 13 February 2009 17:58
To: Reader-Services-Enquiries
Subject: Looking for this letter




From: John Paterson <kuroshinquiry@yahoo.com>
To: collectionenquiries@britishmuseum.org; collectionenquiries@britishmuseum.org
Sent: Monday, February 9, 2009 7:08:04 PM
Subject: Looking for this letter
I am looking for this particular letter that I was told was in the possession of this museum. It is a letter sent from Omar Ibn Al Khatab Khalifat Al Muslemin to Yazdgird III Shahanshah of Persian Empire. I am not sure whether such a letter exists however. I have also provided the text in english for added easy of verification. Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated.

thanking you in advance
----John Paterson

From: Omar Ibn Al Khatab Khalifat Al Muslemin
To: Yazdgird III Shahanshah of Persian Empire

Yazdgird, I see not a fruitful future for you & your nation unless you accept my offer & commit Bei'at (Joining with Khalifat & bringing Islam). Once upon a time your land ruled half the known world but what has it come down to now? Your troops are defeated in all fronts & your nation is bound to collapse. I offer you a way to rescue yourself. Start praying to a mono God, a single union God, the only God who created everything in the universe. We bring you & the world his message, he who is the true God. Stop your Fire Worship, command your nation to stop their Fire Worship which is false; join us by joining the truth. Worship Allah O Akbar the only true God, The creator of universe. Worship to Allah & accept Islam as your salvation. End your Pagan ways & your false worships now & bring Islam so you can accept Allah O Akbar as your savior. By doing so, you will find the only way to your survival & peace for Persians. If you know what is best for Ajam (Arabic term for Persians meaning Retarded & Weird), you will choose this path. Bei'at is the only way.

Allah O Akbar
sign,
Khalifat Al Muslemin
Omar Ibn Al Khatab
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And here is Yazdgird III, famous respond to Omar:

From: Shah of Shahs, Shah of Persia and Beyond, Shah of many Kingdoms, Shah of Aryans and Non Aryans, Shah of Persians and many other races as well as Arabs, Shahanshah of Persian Empire, Yazdgird III Sassanid

To: Omar Ibn Al Khatab, Khalifat of Tazi (Persian term for Arabs,

In the name of Ahura Mazda, creator of Life & Intelligence,

You in your letter wrote that you want to direct us towards your God, Allah O Akbar, without having the true knowledge of who we are & what do we worship! It is amazing that you occupy the position of Khalifat (Ruler) of Arabs, yet your knowledge is the same as a lowly Arab rambler, roaming in deserts of Arabia, & same as a desert tribal man!

"Little Man" ( mardak) you offer me to worship a united & single God without knowing that it has been thousands of years that Persians worship the mono God & they pray to him Five Times a day! In this land of culture & art this has been the normal path of life for years.

When we established the tradition of hospitality & good deeds in the world & we waved the flag of "Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds" in our hands, you & your ancestors were roaming the deserts, eating Lizards for you had nothing else to feed yourselves & burying your innocent daughters alive (an old Arab tradition, cause they preferred male children to female)!

Tazi people have no value for God's creatures! You behead God's children, even the POWs (Prisoners of War), Rape Women, bury your daughters alive, attack the Caravans, mass murder, kidnap people's wives & steal their property! Your hearts are made of stone, we condemn all these Evil which you do. How can you teach us Godly Ways when you commit these action?

You tell me to stop my Fire Worship! Us, Persians see the Love of Creator & power of inventor in the light of Sun & warmth of Fire. Lights & Warmth of the Sun & Fire makes us see the light of truth & warmens our hearts to the creator & to one another. It helps us to be kind to one another, it enlightens us & makes us to keep Mazda's Flame, alive in our hearts. Our lord is Ahura Mazda & it is strange that you people also, just discovered him & named him Allah O Akbar! But we are not the same as you, we are not in the same level as you. We help other human being, we spread love among humanity, we spread Good throughout the Earth, we have been spreading our culture but in respect for other cultures throughout the whole world for thousands of years, yet you in the name of Allah invade other men's land! You mass murder the people, create famine, fear & poverty for others, you create Evil in the name of Allah. who is responsible for all this catastrophe?

Is it Allah who commands you to murder, pillage & to destroy?
Is it you the followers of Allah who do this in his name?
Or Is it both?

You have risen from heat of the deserts & burnt out infertile lands with no resources, you want to teach people the love of God by your military campaigns & the power of your Swords! You are Desert Savages, yet you want to teach Urban people like us who lived in the cities for thousands of years, the love of God! We have thousands of years of culture behind us, a powerful tool indeed! Tell us? With all your military campaigns, barbarianism, murder & pillage in the name of Allah O Akbar, what have you taught to this Muslim Army? What knowledge have you taught the Muslim that you also insist on teaching it to non Muslim? What culture have you learned from your Allah, now that you want to force-teach it to others?

Alas, Oh Alas...... that today our Persian Armies of Ahura have been defeated from your recently Allah Worshiping Armies; Now, our people have to worship the same God, the same Five times a day, but forced by the sword to call him Allah & pray to him in Arabic, cause your Allah only understands Arabic!

I suggest, you & your gang of bandits pack up & move back to your deserts where they are used to live. Take them back where they used to the burning heat of the sun, tribal life, eating Lizards & drinking Camel Milk. I forbid you to let your band of thieves loose in our fertile lands, civilized cities & our glorious nation. Don't turn these "beasts with hearts of stone" loose, to mass murder our people, kidnap our women & children, rape our wives & send our daughters to Meccaas slaves! Don't let them do these crimes in the name of Allah O Akbar, put a stop to your criminal behavior.

Aryans are forgiving, warm, hospitable, & decent people and everywhere they went, they have spread seeds of friendship, love, knowledge & truth; therefore, they shall not punish you & your people for your pirate ways & criminal acts.

I beg you to remain with your Allah O Akbar in your deserts & do not move close to our civilized cities, for your believes are "Much Fearful" & your behavior is "Most Barbaric"!

sign,
Yazdgird III Sassanid



Kurosh86 refuses to apologise to the people he has used this letter to malign! He defiantly ignores fact and makes the claim that he is willing to LIE!


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