[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]
[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]
[Personal information has been redacted.]
[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Adapted from website:] Adyannet
[Date:] 21 Farvardin 1398 [10 April 2019]
Baha’ism And the Claim to Have Brought the First Shower to Iran
In their propaganda, Baha’i teachers try to [explain the opposition] of the Shia scholars to Baha’ism as being because of the modernism of the sect. But really, how can Baha’ism, which has no new achievements, and all its teachings, rules and slogans are imitations of other religions and schools of thought, carry the claim of modernity by imitating the slogans of the day or importing tools?!
Adyannet – Baha’i teachers, in their propaganda, try to introduce the reason for the confrontation of Shia scholars with Baha’ism as the modernism factor of this sect. As we read on one of the Baha'i propaganda sites: “One of the other items that caused an all-out [attack] by Shiite clerics against Baha’is was the issue of showers in Iran. Baha’u’llah, in the Book of Laws (Kitab-i-Aqdas), prohibited people from using public baths, and ordered the use of clean water for washing. Due to this law, the first shower was built by a Baha’i in the City of Abadeh. These showers gradually replaced public baths in towns and cities, and finally Reza Shah officially banned the use of public baths. To deal with this dilemma, Shiite clerics began to protest against showers.”
But in response to this claim of the Baha’i teachers, we say, “No fatwas from Islamic scholars have been found on the prohibition of taking a shower, and Baha’i teachers have no evidence to attribute the hot-reservoir-bath movement and opposition to showers to Islamic scholars.”
The so-called Prophet of the Baha’i sect, although barred from entering the hot-reservoir and public baths, in return (in an exaggerated decree) ordered the Baha’is to enter untouched water that pervades their entire body. Therefore, there is no reference to the use of showers and the like.
How can Baha’ism, which has no new invention and all its teachings, rulings and slogans are imitations of other religions and schools of thought, carry the claim of modernity by imitating the slogans of the day or importing tools to destroy Islam and Shia scholars, to make them appear backward and opposed to Iran’s progress?!