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


[Adapted from website:] Jahan News

[Date:] 13 Shahrivar 1398 [4 September 2019]


Two Perverse Sects of Baha’ism and Dervishes in the List of Religions of Azad University!

This afternoon, on the student registration site of the [Islamic] Azad University in Tehran, two perverse sects, Bahaism and the Dervishes, were among the religious options, which the university officials said was due to the hacking of the university website.

According to Jahan News, as of noon today, news was published in the media and cyberspace, that the student registration site of the [Central Tehran Branch] of the university included the two perverse sects of Baha’ism and Dervishes among the religions options.

According to the photo below, students encountered such a page when registering for the new academic year.

The University Site Was Hacked

This strange act was widely reported in the media, and this issue caused the public relations office of the Azad University to react. Reza Hamadanchi announced in an interview, “Around noon today, the website of the Central Tehran Branch was hacked and the hackers tried to include the two perverse sects of Baha’ism and Dervishes in the list of religions, but now the names of these two perverse sects have been removed.”

The director general of public relations of the Islamic Azad University informed the judicial authorities and the police of the pursuit of this issue by the Islamic Azad University.

Mohammad Motiee, public relations manager of Azad University, Tehran Branch, also explained, “The reason for this was the hacking of the university registration system, which we prevented from continuing further by taking timely action. Azad University is subject to the laws of the Islamic Republic and never considers these heretical sects as official religions.”