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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Adapted from website:] Ahl al-Bayt News Agency (ABNA)

[Date:] 30 Farvardin 1397 [19 April 2018]


Secretary General of the World Assembly of the Ahl al-Bayt: Anyone Who Crosses the Line of Religious Authorities Is In Line With Baha’ism

Hojatoleslam Mohammad Hasan Akhtari said, “The reward of fasting during these months is not understood. God has given us the opportunity to elevate and create positive change within ourselves.”

Regarding the importance of the role of the Guardianship of Islamic Jurists in society [the authority of a leading jurist as the leader of society], he explained, “The greatness of the Islamic Republic of Iran is that it has wise, prudent, alert, accurate and brave leadership. Anyone who considers himself perfect and acts according to his own taste, and questions the guardianship of jurisprudence, he/she has taken the Prophet and the infallible Imams into question, and whoever crosses the line of the religious authorities in any way is in line with Baha’ism.”

In the end, he said, “If you hear words and objections from any place, inform the officials and bring it to their attention. Do not be prodigal, and, as in the past in the assembly, consider the issue of providing Iranian goods as our main principle. As the supreme leader has stated, the native goods we have must be procured from inland and we must use our own potential.”