Like most Iranians, the Laki practice Shia Islam. The main difference between Shia Muslims and the rest of the Islamic world is their belief in a succession of prophets directly from Mohammed’s bloodline. Shia Muslims believe Allah is the only God and Muhammad his messenger. The Quran is their holy book. They pray five times a day, attend Friday prayers at a local mosque, give to the poor, observe the month of fasting called Ramazan, and make pilgrimages to important religious locations. The Shia see their religious leaders, ayatollahs, as representations of God on Earth.
Some Laki also hold to an ancient syncretic religion called Yarsanism. It is a blend of Islam principles and mystic beliefs. The religion believes God will manifest himself in the world seven successive times. They also believe every person must be reincarnated 1001 times to receive their proper reward in heaven. Also, like many Iranians, some Laki call themselves Muslim in name only, and do not actively engage in any faith practices.
Regardless of their faith practices, many Laki believe if they are good enough, they will earn a place in paradise. Whether it is through ardently keeping the pillars of Islam, engaging in mystic rituals, or nominally following God by being a “good person,” the Laki are on the broad path to destruction.
Pray they will hear of the Way, the Truth and the Life!
Pray God draws the Laki to himself and gives them dreams and visions of Jesus.
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” John 14:6