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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:] Mashregh News
[Date:] 28 Ordibehesht 1395 [17 May 2016]
Hashemi Rafsanjani: I Guided the People to Destroy the Baha’i Headquarters
In recent years, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has made many statements against this fictitious sect and called them spies.
Hashemi in 1366 [1987/1988]: “We should not put the Baha’i in sensitive positions.”
In 1366 [1987/1988], at a seminar held at the Ministry of Intelligence, Hashemi spoke about the issue of minorities, especially the Baha’is. He said, “I am also talking about the Baha’is. Anyway, some Baha’is have entered this country. If there are Iranians abroad, who are dissatisfied and are enemies, this is not at all in our interest. I said, if we keep them here under pressure and dissatisfied, they can be annoying in the same way inside [the country]. Well! We do not allow them to leave, if they want to go abroad. No one gives them a passport, and when they run away, we will [detain] them and bring them back to the country; [therefore] what should they do? So, if they are outside, it is harmful. If they are inside and dissatisfied it is also bad, so we should try as much as possible to let them make a living.”
In Azar 1364 [November/December 1985], in Friday prayer, about American human rights and the spying of Baha’is, Hashemi said, “With the anger of world imperialism over the current political and military affairs of our country and the fear of our future invasion, they have started a human rights uproar. For example, they have taken four Baha’is to the United Nations. Baha’is, Monafeghins, monarchists and nationalists, what combination is this? Now Baha’i also fight against Iran?! Well! This is a spying current, which they have already started…”
In an interview about the influence of the Baha’is during the shah’s reign, Hashemi said, “The Baha’i issue was important in Iran at that time. They were strongly supported by the [imperial] court. The shah’s personal physician was a Baha’i. It was rumoured that some of the shah’s ministers were Baha’is. They said that Hoveyda, who came later, was a Baha’i. The situation at the time was such that we were all worried that Americans, through the Baha’is, were taking over everything. It was more of a political issue than a cultural and religious one.
“Nugh is the name of the plain where we used to live. The beginning and the end of this region is about 50 kilometres. Villages are scattered around this plain. Our village is in the middle of this plain. Four farsang [unit of length equal to 6.24 kilometres] above our village is another village called Esmalabad, where the Baha’is had a Haziratu’l-Quds [Baha’i centre], a library and a reading room. I gathered the people of the village and put them in one of the old cars―which were bigger than the vans, but they were not trucks―and we went and demolished their Haziratu’l-Quds and removed any trace of it. We also found important documents. When I did that, I used to preach from the pulpit.”
In the year 1379 [2000/2001], in an interview about Baha’ism’s being fake, Hashemi said, “As long as Ayatollah Borujerdi was alive, we wanted to enter, but he did not agree. There was not much access to him, and no one but him could drag the seminary into this work, but we were serious about it and were ready. One of the issues at the time was Baha’ism. The Baha’i Faith, as a false religion that served the regime, propagated the regime. One of the symbols of our struggle against the regime was to fight the Baha’is who were supported by the regime.”
In the year 1363 [1984/1985], in another speech, Hashemi addressed this issue in detail by taking the following position against the Baha’is. He said, “The infidels do not want to let us be united. They are not even content with our existing differences. In addition to the conflicts they had created between the Muslims long ago, they have recently created a new phenomenon in the Islamic society, such as Baha’ism and the like. They create religion and later support it themselves. Now! For example, the United States and the United Kingdom support the Baha’is; what does it mean? If they supported Christianity, it would have made more sense, since they could claim that this was their religion, more than Baha’ism. Baha’ism, which has come from here, is a Muslim and Shiite group because they want to use the Imam-i-Zaman [The Lord of the Age] …”