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[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:] Bahaism in Iran

[Date:] 30 Tir 1396 [21 July 2017]

 

What Was Ayatollah Montazeri’s Opinion About the Perverse Baha’i Sect?

Bahaism in Iran: It was not long ago that one of the Baha’i publications, with great enthusiasm, tried to publish an interview with Ahmad Montazeri, the son of the [late] Ayatollah Montazeri. In recent years, after the passing of Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, by publishing articles attributed to him in cyberspace, attempts were made to introduce Hossein-Ali Montazeri as a supporter of the perverse Baha’i sect.

Mr. Ahmad Montazeri, I wish you had read your father’s memoirs, vol. 1, p. 182, before introducing your father as a supporter and sympathizer of the Baha’is. The following is the exact text of your father’s memoirs.

“After Ayatollah Borujerdi’s decree was carried out in Najafabad, I came to Isfahan and talked to the clergymen of Isfahan. Mr. Haj Sheikh Mohammad Hassan Najafabadi, accompanied by several other clergymen, issued a short text against the Baha’is. I sought religious advice from the clergymen of Najaf; among them, the late Ayatollah Haj Sheikh Jamal Golpaygani answered very well. The text of his answer is as follows.

“‘In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful—associating, discussing and dealing with this misguided and perverse sect, whose harm to religion, nation and government and [the extent of their] deviating people from the right path, cannot be expressed; it is forbidden in all forms, and it is necessary to avoid them. With regard to what] Ayatollah Borujerdi (may Allah elevate him and all Muslims as long as He lives) has written, the ruling of that noble man is obligatory and opposing him is haram [religiously unlawful] and is equal to polytheism.’”

Dear Mr. Montazeri junior, did you pay attention? From the point of view of your father, who was behind the issuance of this fatwa, the Baha’is are a misguided group with whom association and trade are religiously forbidden and unlawful, and to oppose this ruling is like supporting polytheism!

It seems that Mr. Ahmad Montazeri is even willing to distort his father’s past in order to make headlines in the media these days.

Mr. Montazeri, it would be good if you were to pay a little attention to the history of the revolution!!

Of course, the leaders of the Baha’is and the hostile sects should also pay attention to the fact that they will not benefit from these efforts.