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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Adapted from website:] Kayhan Newspaper
[Date:] 27 Ordibehesht 1395 [16 May 2016]
Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi: The Baha’is Are Not Only the Enemy of Islam, But Also the Agent of Israel
According to Fars [News Agency], yesterday morning, Ayatollah Naser Makarem Shirazi, in a session outside his jurisprudence lecture held at the Grand Mosque, referring to Faezeh Hashemi’s meeting with the leaders of the Baha’i sect, said, “I was waiting to see if there would be any protest in this regard or not, and there was no news, until we heard that, thank God, her father had made a mild protest. But one has to ask why others remained silent.” Expressing his condemnation of such an action, he said, “This action is legally a crime and can be prosecuted; it must be pursued.”
This marja’-i-taqlid [religious jurisprudence authority] emphasized that, “strengthening the enemies of Islam is a crime from the [Islamic] religious point of view and the perpetrator can be prosecuted. We are opposed to this perverse sect, not only because of its enmity with Islam, but also because they are agents of the United States [of America] and Israel.” Pointing out that the most important centres of the Baha’i sect are in the United States and Great Britain, he said, “In the history of the life of this loathed sect, the enemies of Islam have used them as one of their tools.”
Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi pointed out, “Such actions may be aimed at [officially] recognizing them.”
Ayatollah Hassan Mamdouhi, reacting to Faezeh Hashemi’s meeting with several members of the perverse Baha’i sect, said, “The meeting of an Iranian Muslim with the enemies of the religion of God and those affiliated with foreign elements is a very ugly and indecent act.”
Emphasizing that meeting with members of the deviant and perverse Baha’i sect is not compatible with the religious precepts of Islam, he added, “In the Holy Quran, God, the Almighty has warned [people] and forbidden association with the infidels.”
The member for Kermanshah in the Assembly of Experts emphasized that these people are spies and enemies of the Iranian nation. He said, “This action is condemned, and the relevant officials must take the necessary legal action in these cases.” He also pointed out, “Meeting these people is a betrayal of the Iranian people and the religious and national values of the Iranian people.”
Mohammad Soleimani, the member for Tehran in the Islamic Consultative Assembly, in an interview with Fars [News Agency], referring to the need for a judicial confrontation with Faezeh Hashemi said, “The Baha'is have a long history of espionage and are dependent on foreign countries, and their headquarters are in Israel. Faezeh Hashemi’s presence among the main leaders of the Baha’is is a great and unforgivable crime.”
Despite the anti-Islamic movements of this sect’s members, the seditious activists have met and talked with Baha’is many times over the years.
For example, in Ordibehesht 1393 [April/May 2014], several active seditionists in the Green sedition visited the families of Baha’i leaders. In this meeting, Mohammad Maleki (affiliated with the National Apostate Front), Issa Saharkhiz (director general of the internal press in the Reform Government, who had supported the Baha’is’ and homosexuals’ candidacy), Narges Mohammadi, Nasrin Sotoudeh, Jila Baniyaghoob, Mohammad Nourizad, and Masoumi were present. This meeting is important only because it showed the connection between the movements of hypocrisy with the Baha'i colonial and Zionist group and was reminiscent of the role played by some members of this group in the shameful contempt of Ashura in 1388 [ 2009]. Several members of the Baha’i gang were arrested during this disrespectful incident.