Minority Profile: Egypt’s Bahá’í
Presented as religious deviants by Egyptian leaders, Bahá’ís have been ostracized from Egyptian society. This position has been supported by al-Azhar’s repeated fatwas banning the Bahá’í community and condemning its members as apostates.
The Bahá’í Faith is not one of the Abrahamic religions recognized by the Egyptian Constitution, thus facilitating confiscation of Bahá’í property, banning of organized religious practice, and mass arrests.
Despite court rulings in their favor, Bahá’ís remain without proper legal identification, preventing them from receiving marriage licenses, death certificates, and birth certificates. They are also discriminated against when trying to access public schools and other services.