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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:] Fars News Agency

[Date:] 29 Aban 1398 [20 November 2019]

 

The Revolution of 1357 [1979] Broke the Back of Baha’ism in Iran

The director of the executive committee of the Baha’i Conference referred to the late imam’s struggle against the Baha’i sect, saying, “He never confirmed their independent identity and even used the term ‘Zionist Baha’is’, to the point where the revolution of [1357] 1979 broke the back of Baha’ism.”

According to the Fars News Agency from Tabriz, this morning, at the conference on Baha’ism, “200 Years of Violence, Betrayal and Sectarian Superstition”, organized by the Islamic Propaganda Office of East Azerbaijan, Hojatoleslam Ali-Reza Rouzbahani stated, “The Baha’i sect has a history of about 176 years in our country, which has resulted in 176 years of betrayal, sedition and superstition.”

He added, “The gift of Baha’ism has never been useful and has not been used favourably throughout the history of this infamous sect.”

The lecturer of Shiraz seminary and university explained, “The result of what the sect has formed during 176 years has been nothing but superstition, betrayal, and violence, and in all historical periods of this sect, at no time has it served the people, and if it has taken a step, in fact it has followed deception, tricks and popular games.”

He added, “You should not consider the Baha’i sect as a normal sect and not come to know it, because some people think that these are calm, silent people and have nothing to do with anyone, and this is exactly the problem we are facing.”

Rouzbahani said, “Baha’ism is like the AIDS virus, which has been hidden for years and should be recognized in historical, political, economic and other perspectives.”

He remarked, “We had nine Baha’i ministers in the cabinet during the Pahlavi era; when the minister of education is a Baha’i, the teachers who enter the arena and take care of our children are Baha’is.”

Rouzbahani continued, “At that time, there was an unwritten law in the army that if you want to progress, you must surely be a Baha’i.”

He referred to the blessed imam’s struggle against the Baha’i sect and said, “He never considered their independent identity and even used the term “Zionist Baha’is”, and the revolution of 1357 [1979] broke the back of Baha’ism.”