[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:] Daqianus

[Date:] 30 Dey 1393 [20 January 2015]

 

Friday prayer leader of Jiroft in a press conference:

Followers of the misled Bahaism are condemned to nijasat [uncleanliness], according to the fatwa of religious leaders; people must avoid any association and business transaction with this perverse sect.

The Friday Prayer Leader of Jiroft (Hojatoleslam Reza Karamipour), asserted, “……. the supreme leader says, ‘All the followers of the misled sect of Bahaism are condemned to nijasat; and any association and business transaction with this perverse sect must be avoided.’”

He discussed the station of the divine religions and those of their characteristics that differentiate them from the perverse sect and said to a group of reporters, “Although divine religions may have been subjected to some corruption, they are respected”.

The Hojatoleslam Karamipour said that the perverse sect is “hand-fed by the arrogance” [‘the arrogance’ always refers to the US] “with divisive objectives”, and emphasized the need for public vigilance against its ideology.

Alluding to a story about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), he affirmed, “Addressing Imam Ali (PBUH), Prophet Muhammad said, ‘O Ali, the followers of Moses were divided into 71 groups, 70 of which strayed, and only one was saved.’”  He then continued the story as follows: “The Prophet asserted that ‘the followers of Jesus were divided into 72 groups, 71 of which were vain and one group was saved; and my followers were divided into 73 groups, 72 of which were misled and one was saved.’”

Emphasizing the need to ponder on this story, he remarked, “Unfortunately, in the course of Islamic history, some Shiah and Sunni groups emerged among Muslims with the intention of causing division, and all of those conspiracies go back to the wickedest nature of the arrogance and Britain.”

Hojatoleslam Karamipour, maintained that the arrogance wanted to create division between three major Islamic countries—Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan—and asked for fundamental understanding of the objectives of these groups (sic).  He said, “Three individuals led efforts to create the Wahhabi sect in Saudi Arabia, the Sipah-e-Sahaba army in Pakistan, and Bahaism in Iran.”

He went on to say, “In Saudi Arabia they succeeded, and Wahhabism, a completely deviant group created by Britain, is ruling now.  However, the Babi movement in Iran was unable to succeed.”

He said that the population of Shiah, and solid religious beliefs based on Islam, are some of the reasons that the perverse sect of Bahaism has been defeated, adding, “During the Shah’s regime, too, some decisions were made for certain things to happen, but the wave of Muslims and Shiites destroyed their goals.”

Expressing regret, Hojatoleslam Karamipour said, “The perverse sects and Sipah-e-Sahaba are equally active in Pakistan.”

Citing some verses of the Qur’an, he added, “In Verse 28 of Surah At-Tawbah [the Immunity], God saith that ‘the idolaters are nothing but unclean’, and we call idolater those who do not believe in God, and do not believe in the station of the Prophet, or deny one of the requirements of religion.”

A cleric and university lecturer, he then added that, based on the Qur’an, believers must hate idolaters.  He further stated, in relation to the economic relationship with infidels that God speaks about in the Qur’an, “Any economic relationship with them must be cut off in order to protect the religion, and it must always be borne in mind that religious tenets are based on divine wisdom”.

Hojatoleslam Karamipour then cited a story from Imam Sadegh (PBUH) and said, “If anyone commits an act against Islam, he/she is an idolater.”

Explaining some of the Babist ideologies, he said, “Babism and Bahaism are one completely deviant group rejected by all Islamic authorities, and said to be najis.”

He continued, “Clerics and authorities believe that association, friendship and business transactions with these people are against Islamic ways, and one must not seek their friendship.”

Citing some verses of the Qur’an, he asserted, “Friendship with these individuals is problematic, and according to the Qur’an, ‘one must not choose a non-believer as his guardian or caretaker; otherwise it means that he is not walking in the path of God.’”

He went on, “Bahaism is a misled group because they do not accept the end of the prophetic cycle; they believe in someone by the name of the Bab as their leader.”

Addressing every single member of Islamic society, Hojatoleslam Karamipour said, “According to the teachings of Islam, if you shake hands with them while one hand is damp you must wash your hand, because it has become najis.”  ...“The business market must become free of these individuals, and any traffic to and from these people’s homes must be monitored.”

Citing the fatwas of religious leaders, including Imam Khomeini, the supreme leader, and Ayatollah Makarem, he added, “The imam said, ‘Any type of business transaction and anything else to do with Baha’is is forbidden.’”

Hojatoleslam Karamipour asserted, “The supreme leader, on the same subject, said, ‘All the followers of the misled sect of Bahaism are condemned to nijasat, and any association and business transaction with this perverse sect must be avoided.’”

At the end of his remarks, this religious expert quoted Ayatollah Makarem’s fatwa and said, “Ayatollah Makarem has given a fatwa in this regard, that ‘no business transaction with members of the perverse sect is allowed’, and according to religious authorities people must be aware that these sects are handiworks of the arrogance.”

It must be mentioned that the perverse sect of Bahaism has some followers in the south of Kerman, especially in Jiroft, a number of whom have business activities in that city and are involved in business transactions.  In light of the fatwa from religious leaders concerning the unlawfulness of doing business and association with the followers of this sect, it behoves the authorities to find a solution, so that people do not have to unknowingly get involved in business transactions with them.

 

Also, it must be mentioned that last year, one of the central leaders of the Bahaist administration was arrested in the south of Kerman for extensive distribution of industrial synthetic narcotics (methamphetamine, crack, crystal).