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[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:] Jamaran News Agency

[Date:] 25 Azar 1393 [16 December 2014]

 

There Is a Big Difference Between Anti-Islamic Baha’is And the Baha’is Who Live Without Any Propaganda / Baha’is Are Never a Serious Challenge to the Islamic Republic, Do Not Fall Into the Trap of Hojjatieh Games / Burning of the Baha’i Houses is Condemned

My interpretation of Imam Khomeini’s biography is that no one has the right to inquire about whether or not a person or a family is Baha’i, and if someone does not express his/her Baha’i identity, it is not permissible to spy on and deprive him/her of his/her citizenship rights.

In an interview with a Jamaran reporter about the recently published statements of his promise about the rights of Baha’is in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Mousavi Bojnourdi said, “A group of Baha’is who cooperate with the corrupt regime of Israel and are against Islam or are active against the Islamic Republic of Iran are not entitled to citizenship rights.”

He said, “These Baha’is also enjoy human rights. But to be able to enter universities and enjoy the special privileges of citizenship in Iran, it is natural that due to their being convicted, it is basically impossible for them to enjoy certain rights, just as many other criminals are deprived of some of their freedoms and enjoyments, and restrictions are laid on them by court order.”

Ayatollah Bojnourdi, emphasizing the great difference between Baha’is who propagandize against Islam and Baha’is who live quietly in society without any propaganda, noted, “Based on my understanding of Imam Khomeini’s biography, it is inferred that no one has the right to inquire about whether or not a person or a family is Baha’i, and if someone does not express his/her Baha’i identity, it is not permissible to spy on and deprive him/her of his/her citizenship rights.”

He further referred to Imam Khomeini’s answer to a question from Ayatollah Seyyed Morteza Pasandideh: “If a certain person is a known Baha’i and is assuredly helping foreigners, people should avoid him and not have any dealings with him. If it is not known, it is not necessary and better for your honour to evade the response and be sure not to give a written answer.” (Sahifa Imam, vol. 2, 227)

Ayatollah Mousavi Bojnourdi, referring to the importance of the phrase “helping foreigners” and the negation of the word “evade” in Imam Khomeini’s letter, called for a separation between anti-Islamic Baha’is and allies with the Israeli regime, and other Baha’is. He said, “This is a response that Imam Khomeini gave about the Baha’is in 1348 [1969]. It is obvious that, in the system of the Islamic Republic, because it is considered Islamic, it should be treated with more care and obligations towards the Baha’is; because, in case of any kind of inhuman treatment, Islam will be doubly affected, and from this point of view, we have more responsibility.”

Referring to Imam Khomeini’s approach, he condemned outrageous and inhumane practices, such as the burning of the Baha’i homes.

The head of the department of Islamic Jurisprudence and [Principles of] [the Law of] Imam Khomeini and Islamic Revolution Research Institute went on to point out that the Baha’is are never considered a serious challenge to the Islamic Republic and there is a fear of highlighting the struggle against them and creating legal challenges for the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is one of the approaches of Hojjatieh. He called on the authorities to be careful in this regard and not to fall into [traps] unrelated to the real interests and concerns of the Islamic Republic.

About the contents quoted from him about the position of the Association of Combatant Clerics in 1388 [2009], Ayatollah Bojnourdi also said, “The Assembly did not announce a rally on 1388 [2009] to withdraw it, but requested a rally, and due to the Interior Ministry’s lack of response, and after the supreme leader’s speech, I preferred not to announce the rally.”