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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:] 8 Dey 1398 [29 December 2019]

 

Why Are Baha’is Not Dealt with Decisively?

Baha’ism in Iran: After the culmination of the subversive movement of the perverse Baha’i sect during the sedition of 1388 [2009], given the Baha’i effort to divert the society’s ideology and also their organization’s proven betrayal of Iran, in response to the question, “Why are Baha’is not dealt with seriously?” it should be said that in addition to adopting basic measures such as not allowing them to have administrative and religious recognition, there has been a proper response and disclosures regarding creation of doubts about the actions of this perverse sect.

Despite the fact that, in some areas, it seems that the Baha’i issue is not being given the serious attention it should be, so far, appropriate and fundamental measures have been taken to confront and prevent the spread of the destructive thoughts of this perverse current. For example:

First: lack of legal recognition

According to the teachings of Islam and the principles of the Constitution, the Baha’i sect is recognized as a perverse sect and has no official status; therefore, they are not free to perform affairs related to their religion and doctrine or to propagate their beliefs. Many of the rights and privileges that exist for other official religions do not exist for this sect. For example, they cannot have marriage and divorce offices based on their own teachings, or enforce their inheritance laws, other than the official rules of the country, or establish Baha’i schools.

Also, according to Article 14 of the National Employment Law, the employment of members of this sect in government organizations and the like is prohibited.

Explaining how the Islamic Republic of Iran deals with Baha’is, Dr. Mohammad Javad Larijani, head of the judiciary’s Human Rights Office, believes, “Baha’is are not considered a religious minority in the country, because the Constitution describes the [religious] minorities in detail. The policies and measures taken by the Islamic Republic towards them are based on citizenship obligations, because they are considered citizens of this country. The government is also responsible for ensuring their basic rights, such as job security, life, education, property, marriage, and so on. But they also do not have the right to propagate and organize propaganda meetings of their sect and cannot publish books, magazines or pamphlets; nor do they have the right to establish a special school…The policy of the Islamic Republic towards the Baha’is is the right policy. As Baha’is expect the Iranian government to fulfill its obligations, they must respect the laws of the country and fulfill their obligations to the laws and the people of this country.”

Second, Islamic mercy and citizenship rights:

According to the principles of Islam, humanity, and the Constitution of the Islamic Republic, members of such sects, despite corruption of belief and being deprived of official recognition, have a number of rights, such as the right to life, security, employment, housing, free education, and social security, and they have the right to plead for justice and choose a lawyer, and the like. This indicates the ultimate compassion, tolerance and open-mindedness of the Islamic regime in dealing with this perverse colonial sect. Of course, they may enjoy these rights is as long as they have not committed legal crimes and disturbed the order and security of society, or have not plotted against the Islamic religion and regime.

In cases where members of this sect commit illegal acts against the Islamic regime and society, the intelligence and security services and the courts will investigate and deal with the violators. Obviously, this is not specifically for Baha’is, and applies to other offenders and lawbreakers of all faiths and religions.

Third: The fundamental solutions

The glorious victory of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, the continuity of its stability and efficiency in various dimensions, has been the greatest blow to this perverse sect and its internal and external defenders. It has been able to rid the Muslim community of Iran of the deviant and misleading ideas and ominous plots of this sect through appropriate intellectual and cultural measures, and has offered a very valuable service to the Shiites and the Islamic world by confronting the evil conspiracies of this sect.

In the field of countering the destructive propaganda and extensive doubts spread by the Baha’is on the Internet and in society, [the regime] has responded to the suspicions about this perverse sect and neutralized its ominous plots by creating Internet sites, publishing books and scientific and documentary articles, and prevented [the Baha’is] from attracting and deceiving young people.

The combination of these measures has resulted in this political perverse sect’s not having effective and efficient influence, not only for the present and future generation of the Muslim and knowledgeable people of Iran, but also among the Baha’is themselves, as we see the spread of awakening and the return of many of them to the religion of Islam.