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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Newspaper:] Kayhan Havai
[Date:] Wednesday 16 Dey 1371 [6 January 1993]
[Issue No:] 1014
The Saviour Sect!
On 3 Azar 1371 [24 November 1992], the Associated Press News Service reported an important historic event—an event that should become glued to the history of humanity in such a way as not to be able to ever become unglued! This historic event, which will determine the situation of humanity forever, is the second Baha’i World Congress, which was set up thirty years after the first World Congress, (the reason for such a long delay is nothing except the destiny-shaping of such a Congress!).
In its report, the Associated Press gives some information to those interested (!) about what this religion (!) is and where is it coming from—for instance, in the sentence, “The followers of this religion believe in the unity of humanity, governed by only one God.” And then it says, “Bush, the president of America, sent a supportive message to the Baha’is.” It becomes clear Who this “God” is, that under His guidance (!) humanity is supposed to be united, and what of His whereabouts?
Then, for those who [propose] to become followers of this Saviour Sect (!), in order not to be stranded where they are supposed to go for pilgrimage and perform their congregational prayer, it reminds them that the Baha’i World Congress has chosen the City of New York as the “City of the Covenant”, a name [given to it by] Abdu’l-Baha, son of Baha’u’llah, the Founder of Baha’ism.
Well, so much for God and so much for its Prophet, and so much for the place of pilgrimage and point of adoration of Baha’ism. But, the actual world leader of this Saviour School (!) is Mr. David Hoffmann, a British [man]. The matter of how Abdu’l-Baha and Baha’u’llah have become transformed into “David Hoffmann” is one of the rarities and miracles of this religion (!), which is considered [one of the] peculiarities of the growth and progress of this religion within the past few years in its habitual country, and so far, minds are wondering how this matter can be discovered.