[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:] 25 Ordibehesht 1395 [14 May 2016]

 

Seeking Religious Decree from the Leader of the Revolution Regarding Baha’ism / The followers of the perverse Baha’i sect are condemned to najasat[1] / Avoid any Contact with This Sect

Regarding Baha’ism, the supreme leader declares, “They are najis[2] and the enemy of your religion and faith”. In response to another religious decree, he said, “Avoid any kind of contact with this perverse and misguided sect.”

According to the report of Aein and Andisheh [Religion and Thought] from Fars News Agency, the creation of fabricated sects has been due to the common tricks of imperialist governments in order to divert from true religion. In reality the general aim has been to replace divine religions with man-made religions or at least to tarnish the faces of the divine religions.

About hundred and fifty years ago, in the realm of Mahdaviyyat[3], a man-made group, by the name of Babism and Baha’i was formed in our country through the guidance and assistance of imperialist United Kingdom.

During a recent meeting of Faezeh Hashmi with the prominent leadership of Baha’ism, the question was asked concerning the perverse Baha’i sect from the point of view of the supreme leader and his response is in the following:

1- What is the religious ruling regarding any association, connection and greeting of Muslim students with the followers of the perverse Baha’i sect, whether girls or boys, adult obligated or not adult, insider or outside the school, in the elementary school, secondary or pre-university years?

2- How should the professors and teachers treat students who publicly identify themselves as Baha’i, or we are certain that they are Baha’is?

3- What is the religious ruling about the utensils that all students use—such as drinking water taps, toilet taps and water jugs, soaps, etc.—considering that we are aware our hands and bodies are wet?

Response: All the followers of the perverse Baha’i sect are condemned to najasat and in case they come in contact with something, it is obligatory to observe all the rules that are conditional on taharat[4]. However, the treatment of Baha’i students by principals, teachers, and educators must be in accordance with the Islamic law and ethics.

*[Question] Please state the duty of the believers in dealing with the misguided Baha'i sect and the effects of the presence of its followers in the Islamic community.

[Answer] All the believers must confront the tricks and deceit of the perverse Baha’i sect and prevent others from deviating from the ruling and joining them.

*[Question] Sometimes followers of the perverse Baha’i sect bring us food or other things. Is it permissible for us to use them?

[Answer] Avoid any association with this perverse and misguided sect.

*[Question] Many Baha’is live near us and we enter each other’s homes. Some believe that Baha’is are najis, and some consider them as pure. This group of Baha’is show good morals. Are they najis or pure?

[Answer] They are najis and the enemies of your faith and religion. Therefore, my dear children, seriously avoid them.

The end of the message /K

 

 

[1] [Najasat (pl. Najis) means uncleanliness, impurity]

[2] [Najis:  Ritually impure/unclean]

[3] [Mahdaviyyat:  Promotion and propagation of the ideology of the return of the Promised One (Mahdí), for the Sunnis]

[4] [Taharat:  Cleanliness and purification according to Islamic religious laws]