[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:] Fars News Agency
[Date:] 26 Ordibehesht 1395 [15 May 2016]
What is Hashemi’s View of Baha’ism?
While Faezeh Hashemi recently met with a key member of the Baha’i community in Iran, her father [Mr. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani] made harsh statements against Baha’ism and shed light on this perverse sect.
On 10 Khordad 1382 [31 May 2003], in his Friday prayer, he said, “Factors such as the Baha’is, the Zionists, and the Taghuts were all affiliated with the Americans.”
Hashemi Rafsanjani also referred to the oppressive imperial regime in another comment and said, “The shah had sent a delegation from Tehran summoning me to that village. I went and dealt with this delegation firmly and said, ‘Here the people are Muslims. We cannot [allow] the Baha’is to preach.’”
Source: Sobh-e-No Newspaper
 [Taghut means an idol, symbol of tyranny, symbolically referring to the Pahlavi king as a tyrant]